Kyle Robinson

Athlete • Ashland, WI • Alpine Skiing

Two years ago, Kyle Robinson was a quiet young man hesitant to engage in activities with others. Enter Katelynn Fulweber, an energetic Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) athlete, 2014 Special Olympics USA Games competitor and classmate of Kyle. Kyle and Katelynn become friends (later dating), and Katelynn introduces him to Special Olympics. Kyle first trains and competes in basketball, then quickly moves to bowling, swimming and alpine skiing as the seasons progress. This year, Kyle plans to add powerlifting to his growing list of sports. Along with advancements in sports, comes advancements in Kyle. The once shy teenager with little confidence to try out for a team is now blossoming. Michelle Fulweber, Kyle’s agency manager and coach, and mother of Katelynn, said, “I have seen the confidence grow within Kyle. He is now an active member of the local agency’s Athlete Input Council and while he is nervous to speak publically, Kyle is ready to address attendees at the World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics Wisconsin on September 17.” Kyle now lives with the Fulweber family and Michelle can see his transformation first-hand. In January 2015, Kyle competes in his first ever SOWI State Winter Games. His events are Alpine Intermediate Giant Slalom, Alpine Intermediate Slalom and Alpine Intermediate Super G. He medals in all of them – Silver, Bronze and Gold, respectively. On the day Kyle is selected to represent Team USA at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, he is attending school. Michelle and girlfriend Katelynn, want to deliver the news in a special way. They bring a cake to Kyle’s class with the announcement written in frosting – ‘Kyle Robinson, Alpine Skier, going to the 2017 World Games’. Kyle’s classmates cheer in support of their friend. Michelle recalls Kyle’s reaction, “He was very surprised, turning bright red! Kyle doesn’t say a whole lot, but he was beaming in that moment.” Since that day, Kyle with Katelynn by his side (who hopes to go to the Special Olympics USA Games in 2018), train six days a week. He follows the training schedules provided by his World Games coach. “Some days he feels unmotivated, but I remind him why he’s doing it. That’s all he needs and he gets right back to training,” shares Michelle. “He is (motivated) by the feeling of receiving a medal or ribbon. It gives him the confidence that he can go out and do things he hasn’t done before.”

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