For some South Dakota athletes the wait is over and competition has begun, but in these competitions winning isn't everything.
The Special Olympics arrived in Spearfish Thursday and kicked off their opening ceremonies for the Summer Olympics.
Teams and athletes from around South Dakota are taking part in the 3 day event.
One team is learning more than just how to win.
The Huron Tigers have already won two games and are excited about that, but their coach, Michelle Garner, said that this event is more than just winning.
"The goal of this event is for these individuals to have fun build confidence, build relationships with other people and enjoy themselves." Said Garner.
"Try your best and have some fun." Said athlete Caleb Adermann
Last year The Special Olympics in Spearfish had 600 participants take place in their summer games.