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Julianne Malley, 27, of Craig, stands outside the Holiday Inn of Craig, where she works as a housekeeper. Malley was named the Special Olympics Colorado’s Female Athlete of the Month for March because of her years competing and her qualities as a leader. Malley said she never expected to receive a reward and fells very “lucky.”

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Craig Special Olympian named Colorado female athlete of the month

In 2004, Julianne Malley and her family moved from Arizona to Craig to be closer to other family members. Malley, being new to the area, was looking for a way to meet new people. She heard about the Special Olympics and decided to compete. What started as something just for fun, she said, created lifelong hobbies and great friendships.

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