Special Olympians: 52 medals

The Cayman Islands team at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles finished with a stack of medals, 52 in total. 

The haul included 21 gold, 11 silver and 20 bronze, as well as numerous personal bests. 

Matthew Ebanks, who won two gold medals on the track, said, “The closing ceremony was beautiful and the Special Olympics LA 2015 has given us so much excitement. We are all ready to be going back to Cayman.” 

The Games ended on Sunday with thousands of athletes congregating in an emotional closing ceremony marked by cheers, tears and pride. 

After a week of competition, athletes from more than 160 countries gathered in chairs on the field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to receive applause and praise for their efforts. Placards from their national delegations were brought in along a giant red carpet. 

Some 6,500 athletes took part in contests ranging from aquatics and soccer to weight lifting. Although not everyone won medals, every competitor received a performance ribbon and a chance to take to the victory stand following their competition. 

An estimated 500,000 people turned out to watch at venues in and around Los Angeles. 

The public is invited to welcome home the Cayman athletes, who land at Owen Roberts International Airport at 1:52 p.m. Tuesday on US Airways flight 821. 

Thousands of athletes attended the closing ceremony.
Thousands of athletes attended the closing ceremony.