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Sterling with Silver

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Bluestone graduate Jordan Hogan, with his dancing medals at the Special Olympics World Games in Austria. / April 05, 2017
Jordan Hogan, Clarksville native and dancing sensation, now wears the title of Olympic medalist following his journey to compete in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

“Jordan won a Silver medal in the solo division and his crew took fourth place,” said Jordan’s mother, Jo Horne, who lives with her 25-year-old son in Richmond. “I am so proud of him. He has taken me on the best journey of my life.”

After several years of dancing with a Richmond-based dance company, Jordan, who has Down Syndrome, decided to put his talents to the test by applying to become a contestant with the Special Olympics. Jordan and his mother eventually received word that he was invited to compete, and on March 17, the two were on a plane, flying out of the country for the first time.

The Bluestone High School graduate danced his way to the top at the World Games, where he competed in two separate categories, one individual, one team. Jordan brought home the silver medal for his solo performance, a tap routine to the Broadway song “Dancing Fool,” a number from the musical “Copacabana.”

“Jordan scored 173 points out of 200 for silver,” explained Horne. “The gold medalist, Robert Wallop, scored 198.”

In the Crew category, Jordan teamed up with the Solo Gold medalist and other members of the Maryland-based group Team RythmXpress, and they took home a fourth place finish.

Following the dance contest, contestants took the stage to perform at the closing ceremonies, held at Merkur Arena, a soccer stadium with about 12,000 people in attendance. Horne added that Jordan and his fellow top medalists also received a special meet and greet before the ceremony.

“The special guest and honorary president of the Special Olympics was Arnold Schwarzenegger, and he greeted the top medalists as they took the stage to perform the final dance number with Louis Van Amstel, leading the entire stadium and closing the event,” Horne said.

The World Dance Contest, though not officially recognized as a sport in the Special Olympics, was a huge hit, according to the official Special Olympics website. They are working towards establishing dance as an official competition sport in the coming years.

Just two days after the competition, with their hearts still warm from Jordan’s silver medal win, Jo Horne said they would soon return to the U.S., and added, “We are already planning for Special Olympics in 2019 Abu Dhabi!”

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