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Kristen Davidson is a Special Olympics athlete who started competing at the age of eight in basketball and athletics. Growing up, Kristen was a very active child and her mom thought that Special Olympics would be a great way to help her make friends and build confidence in herself. Kristen loves competing in athletics and Unified Basketball, to Kristen it doesn't matter if she wins or loses, what she cares about is having fun and meeting new people.
Special Olympics has given Kristen confidence in herself and her speaking skills, which allowed her to compete in Miss Amazing; a beauty pageant for those who have a disability. Her first year, Kristen and her mom did not know what to expect but they decided to try it. Kristen was judged on her evening attire, how she carried herself in front of the audience and the how she talked about herself and her hobbies to the judges during the interview process. Kristen won and represented the state of New Hampshire in the National Miss Amazing Pageant in Chicago in 2016, even though she did not win, she had a blast.
Kristen gained confidence from being part of Special Olympics which has allowed her to experience different opportunities and competitions outside of the sports world. She has a genuine love for all the athletes at Special Olympics and always looks forward to Special Olympics events, this year she was the individual winner in the costume parade at the Penguin Plunge, where she was dressed as a mermaid. Kristen's mom says, "Watching Kristen compete, you can see her confidence shine right through."