ABC7 Chicago Salutes: Patrick McCarthy

February 16, 2013 7:27:48 AM PST
ABC7 Chicago Salutes Special Olympian Patrick McCarthy.

The 23-year-old Oak Park native has just returned home from the Special Olympics World Games in Korea. The speed skater competed in at least 3 distances, winning a gold medal, bronze medal, and fourth-place finish.

Those who know McCarthy say he should be recognized for having good sportsmanship -- a lesson he has learned.

"Over the years, he has come to understand that competition is not just about winning, but about doing your best," says Bill McCarthy, the skater's father.

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