Dec. 11 , 2006
An Olympic gold medal
By Kristen Miller
Last winter, Jeff May went bowling just for fun, now it’s become an olympic sport for him.
May is a resident at AME Community Services in Cokato and the son of Bill and Susan May of Cokato. He participated in the Minnesota Special Olympics in November, and was part of a four-player team that took the silver medal. May won gold as an individual bowler.
For teams, May’s team competed among five other teams; and on an individual level, he played against 10 others in the same division with similar disabilities.
It began last year, when AME took residents bowling. After noticing May’s talents, they signed him up for this year’s special olympics.
May trained every Sunday throughout October in preparation for the regional competition in Montevideo, where he won first place and qualified for state competition in Inver Grove Heights for teams and in St. Paul for individuals.
May’s average bowling score is 115.
“I really like it,” he said about the sport.
This was May’s first year in the olympics and he was able to meet new friends. “I had a good time,” he said.
May works at Functional Industries in Cokato and is planning on participating in next year’s olympics.