Portland man wins gold medal at Special Olympics in Austria
(Excerpt from Portland Press Herald, March 20, 2017, By Dennis Hoey, Staff Writer)
Lucas Houk wins a 5-kilometer cross-country race in his first competition at the games.
Lucas Houk won a men’s 5-kilometer freestyle race, finishing in 33 minutes, 2.2 seconds in his first event at the games. Lisa Bird, a spokeswoman for Special Olympics Maine, confirmed Houk’s victory at the competition that brings together more than 2,600 athletes and 1,000 coaches representing 106 countries.
“Lucas is amazing. I just can’t explain to you what a great athlete he is,” she said.
Houk, who also runs and kayaks, has been involved with Special Olympics for six years, winning two gold medals at events in Maine. One was for cross-country skiing at Sugarloaf and the other was for winning a mile run during a competition in Orono, Bird said.
Congratulations Lucas! You have made us so proud!