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Taking the Plunge for Special Olympics

Teams raise money for Special Olympics athletes by running into the water during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Saturday, March 18, 2017, at The Country Club of Colorado at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. Photos by Christian Murdock

Brandon Wikner does a belly flop into the water with his team from the Nursing and Therapy Services of Colorado at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Brandon Wikner does a belly flop into the water with his team from the Nursing and Therapy Services of Colorado at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The team from the Fountain-Fort Carson High School jump into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The team from the Fountain-Fort Carson High School jump into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The team from Fountain-Fort Carson High School runs into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The team from Fountain-Fort Carson High School runs into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Thunder Cats team runs into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Thunder Cats team runs into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The team from the Fountain-Fort Carson High School runs into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The team from the Fountain-Fort Carson High School runs into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The team from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office runs into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The team from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office runs into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Members of the Knights of Columbus run into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Members of the Knights of Columbus run into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Optum Plungers Blue Dragons team runs into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Optum Plungers Blue Dragons team runs into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Optum Plungers Blue Dragons team runs into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Optum Plungers Blue Dragons team runs into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Optum Plungers Blue Dragons team runs into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Optum Plungers Blue Dragons team runs into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Optum Plungers Blue Dragons team dunks themselves into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Optum Plungers Blue Dragons team dunks themselves into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Bird, the Air Force Academy mascot, gives a high five to the team from the Teller County Sheriff's Office after they ran into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Bird, the Air Force Academy mascot, gives a high five to the team from the Teller County Sheriff's Office after they ran into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The team from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office runs into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The team from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office runs into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A dragon gets a high five from one of the dives after running into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A dragon gets a high five from one of the dives after running into the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The team from the Colorado Springs Police Department plays in the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The team from the Colorado Springs Police Department plays in the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The team from the Colorado Springs Police Department plays in the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The team from the Colorado Springs Police Department plays in the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The team from the Teller County Sheriff's Office plays in the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The team from the Teller County Sheriff's Office plays in the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Frozen Hooligans team plays in the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Frozen Hooligans team plays in the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The team from the Youth Activation Committee for Special Olympics plays in the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The team from the Youth Activation Committee for Special Olympics plays in the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The team of lifeguards from the Cheyenne Mountain Resort plays in the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The team of lifeguards from the Cheyenne Mountain Resort plays in the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sisters, Annie Roberts, 18, left, and Meg Roberts, 14, play in the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sisters, Annie Roberts, 18, left, and Meg Roberts, 14, play in the water at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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