Husband and wife powerlifters Jason and Jamie Peterson
Powerlifters Jason and Jamie Peterson had a little bit more to celebrate than winning a medal during this year's Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games presented by SpartanNash. This year also marked the couple's 12-year wedding anniversary.
"It's different being a married couple in the games, but it's pretty cool too," Jason said.
Jason and Jamie have known each other since they were 8-years-old, however, their relationship did not spark until middle school. Around the same time, both decided to get involved with Special Olympics, bringing the couple even closer together.
"We pretty much do everything together. We train together, we compete together. Seriously, we are together all the time," Jamie said.
The couple has been involved with Special Olympics for over 20 years, competing for Area 36 (Marquette, Alger, Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw counties). Jamie and Jason have both competed in a variety of sports such as bowling, skiing and basketball. However, it was not until four years ago that the couple decided to start competing in powerlifting.
"Our US OUC coach, Ryan, is an Olympic athlete at Northern Michigan University," said Jamie. "He started this program when he was a freshman and so we just became involved with it."
The couple trains together with their team about an hour and a half a week in the off season and about two hours a day for two days a week as competitions grow closer. This was Jamie's second year competing in the powerlifting event in the State Summer Games. Although she does not usually see many other females involved in this sport, she is happy to be involved in a sport she can enjoy individually and with Jason.
"Since we are from the Upper Peninsula our family does not always get to come with us to watch us compete in our events. So it is nice that we are both here to cheer each other on," Jamie said.