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Aliya White is making her second consecutive trip to the Special Olympics USA Games

Born in Kazakhstan, Aliya White was adopted and came to the United States when she was four years old. She began competing in Special Olympics gymnastics at the age of nine. Less than three years later she was helping lead Team Kentucky into the Opening Ceremonies at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. 

White, 16, is making her second consecutive trip to the USA Games. She was also a member of the “Fab Five” Team Kentucky gymnastics team at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle, Wash., where she earned four medals, including gold on the balance beam and silver in the all-around. With her teammates, White was profiled in the leadup to the Games in an ESPN feature by Julie Foudy. She was also featured during ESPN’s broadcast of the opening ceremonies. White has been part of the Special Olympics gymnastics program for nine years and has also competed in cheerleading. Her cheerleading squad traveled to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles to cheer on her fellow athletes.

Aliya White