Recap of 2017 Athletes of the week

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Every year, we're blown away by the outstanding athletic talent we see here in the Black Hills, and this year was no exception.
With 20-18 just around the corner, we take a look back at some of the more memorable names who made up this year's class of Athletes of the Week.

20-17 saw more than its share of extraordinary Athletes of the Week. The Black Hills saw one area athlete get selected to represent the state of South Dakota at the 2018 Special Olympics in the sport of Softball.

Josh Gilbert says, 'As an 11-time Gold Medal winner, I promise to my coach, my teammates, that I'll be ready to compete, and that I will not let them down.'

Keeping it on the diamond, Rushmore Little League had one of their most successful season in their history and a key part of that was young man who at his early age has already fallen in love

Kai Jackson says,, 'When you're in that dugout, and you're with 11 of your best friends playing the greatest sport of all time it's so much fun. The crowds are always cheering you on, and no matter what happens at the end of the game it was the most fun you're going to have that day.'

Jackson wasn't the only young star this year though as one of the best youth golfers in the entire country calls the Black Hills home

Vincent VanLiere says, 'It looks pretty straight, but it could go a little this way maybe.'
Is it tough to learn how to hit out of the sand? Vincent says, 'No not really.'

Youth weren't the only ones to have the honor as athlete of the week, we also had adults who dominated their unique sport

Connie Filley says, ' You know when you let go of that shoe if it's going to be a ringer or not.'

While horseshoes may be an individual sport. Athlete of the week also featured those who have to work as a team to keep everyone safe

Lee Vidal says, 'It's just maximum effort for two minutes, and you're completely taxed.'

From the firefighters who are everyday hero's to one athlete who's determination made him a hero and inspiration to all who saw his performance during the Sturgis Rally.

Dan Baird says, 'I broke my C7 vertebrate, and it made me quadriplegic. Well a bunch of other stuff, it broke my back and a ruptured spleen and stuff, but that was the worst. 'Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something, because as long as you know you can in your head and in your heart, you can do it'

Congratulations to all of 2017 Athletes of the week.

For Black Hills Fox Sports, I'm Jeff Voss