Athlete surprised with a slot in the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games

Lumene Montissol, also known as "The Lightning," is a Special Olympics track and field athlete from Boston.
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We are one year away almost exactly from an event that's always inspiring talking about the special olympics usa which will bring together more than 5500 athletes, coaches, their families, I had the privilege and it was a privilege to meet one amazing young competitor whose dream it is to go to the 2022 games. Hello, everybody, my name is lumene montissol, a/k/a the lightning. We want to you meet lumene "Lightning" montissol, the 26-year-old athlete from Boston who has a need for speed. Tell us about your nickname. Where did it come from? Well, it comes from when I used to run fast when I was like 14 in middle school and I became like faster than any other kid. I always loved track and field ever since. Go! Reporter: At just 14 years old lumene won her first gold medal at special olympics Massachusetts summer games quickly hitting her stride earning 12 gold medals to date and counting. What does it mean to you to be a special olympics athlete? Well, it's simple, really. It's all about determination and being included as a special olympic athlete. Reporter: Beyond the competition, how has it made a difference in your life? Before special olympics I had no one to talk to and it's kind of lonely and like, like no one there is like want to talk to you because you feel like different, but now since I joined special olympics, I became more talkative to like others and makes me feel happy. It keeps showing me a lot of confidence to socialize with other people. Reporter: Her confidence shining through on and off the field and lumene now has her sights set on making it for the very first time to the 2022 special olympics usa games in Orlando, Florida. Lumene, what would it mean to you to be able to compete next year at those games? It's everything for me. It keeps me not giving up and try to keep dreaming for myself and that's what makes me so serious about making it to the usa games. I'm still crossing my fingers for that if I can make it. We do have something special for you. Your dad is nearby and your dad is going to help us out this morning. Has a little bit of a surprise. He's going to hand you a B. How you doing, daddy? Good, how are you? Got that same beautiful smile. All right, lumene. Thank you. Open up the box. Let's see what's inside. Okay. Wow. I am honored to tell you that you are advancing to the 2022 special olympics usa games. Oh, my god! You're going. Oh, my god. Congratulations. Yes. You've earned this. You've earned this. Glad your daddy is there with you. Yes. That's her dream. That's what she wanteds. She's worked so hard for it. Secial for the entire family. What are the emotions? Why are you crying? Why are you crying right now? I'm crying because I'm happy. It's -- thatakes my dream -- it's already come true. I feel super grateful that I've been waiting for this dream for a long time. I'm very grateful like I am so happy. Well, we're crying in the studio right along with you and they're happy tears. What do you tell people who have dreams like you do? What's your message for people? I would say to them, keep, keep believing yourself and keep training hard and be proud for who you are. Thank you so very much for letting us share this special moment. I see you both in Orlando, how does that sound, 2022, here we come, right? Whoo! Ooh. We did thaerlier this week. I was so glad the stagehands had the box of Kleenex right there for all of us and everybody in the studio and such a genuine reaction. I've covered special olympics over the years. I cannot tell you what it does for not just the participates but the families as well. You can see it in her face. She just completely -- She had no idea. She had no idea. I could watch it a million times and she had no idea. That reaction just -- Proud daddy. Spitting image. But it's incredible to see how much confidence as she says she's gotten from being a part of the special olympics. She's earned it. She's earned it. The conversations and friendships she's developed going for a lifetime. Inclusion revolution, inclusion revolution and we're exactly one year away from the 20 2 summer games in Orlando and they're letting the athletes know now so they can get prepared and train because -- Get ready. She ready. She ready. We'll be right back.

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