People all over the world have turned their attention to the city of Los Angeles, where the 2015 Special Olympics World Games are now underway.
The international event, drawing 7,000 athletes, representing 165 countries and as many as 500,000 visitors, was founded in 1968 by Eunice Shriver Kennedy to give athletes with intellectual disabilities – like Down Syndrome and Autism related disorders – the opportunity to compete in Olympic-style events such as cycling, kayaking, swimming and soccer.
Un Recorrido por los Juegos Olímpicos Especiales 2015 
Delegations from all over the globe were welcomed to the World Games by hosts towns – from San Luis Obispo to San Diego — that put on special events and tours to give athletes a taste of local culture.
Angelenos are encouraged to attend the athletic competitions – all free and open to the public –being held at numerous local venues through Aug. 2.
To get more information about the competitions (locations and times) visit: http://www.la2015.org/daily-competition-schedule 
EGP has compiled photos that captured the journey to Gold and the local celebrations that led to the competitions.
The Torch Run
Special Olympics athlete Brett Larza (left) carries the Flame of Hope with Arkansas Law Enforcement Officer Steve Hernandez July 23 during the final leg of the run to Lincoln Heights. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)
Future athletes are all smiles as they meet a Special Olympics torch runner during stop Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)
Members of the German delegation competing in the Special Olympics World Games were not shy about sharing their dance moves during the Monterey Park Host Town art and music festival July 23. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)
Cal State Los Angeles
The Mark Keppel High School band and the cheer/drill team from San Gabriel High School performed for the German delegation during a pep rally Friday at Cal State LA. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)
Opening Ceremonies for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games July 25 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a landmark that has served as a kickoff location for the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics. (Special Olympics World Games 2015)
Athletes from Mexico, China and Hungary had their eyes on the gold medal during a roller skating competition at the convention center Sunday. (Special Olympics World Games 2015)
Triathletes from the United States, Uruguay and Costa Rica receive medals Sunday after placing in the first ever Special Olympics World Games triathlon competition held at Alamitos Beach. (Special Olympics World Games 2015)
Fore more information about the World Games 2015 visit www.la2015.org