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    Olympic Downtown Celebration On Friday Night Includes Mini Torch Run To Light Rocky Mountain State Games Flame and All-Star Concert Lineup  
    Record 7,737 Athletes Registered For The Games
    Colorado Springs, July 24----------Last summer, when between 15,000-20,000 fans gathered in downtown Colorado Springs for the first Olympic Downtown Celebration as the Olympic Games in London opened, the lighting of the Rocky Mountain State Games Flame by 1992 Olympic Figure Skating gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and her husband, Olympic ice hockey star Bret Hedican was one of the highlights of the evening.
     
    On Friday night, the event will be repeated as part of the gala festivities downtown when 2012 United States National figure skating pairs champions and 2014 Olympic medal hopefuls Caydee Denney and John Coughlin will light the torch to salute the 2013 Rocky Mountain State Games as part of the Olympic Downtown Celebrationduring the evening of special entertainment and excitement.
    Note: As of this morning 7,737 athletes have registered for the Rocky Mountain State Games. That is a new Rocky Mountain State Games record, eclipsing the old record of 7,103 established in 2012. Still remaining will be day-of-event registration in several sports, and it could push the total to past 8,000 athletes.
    The Rocky Mountain State Games torch-lighting ceremony will include a mini torch run that features a number of Colorado Springs residents, celebrities, sponsors, and firefighters and first responders who were on the front lines of last summer’s Waldo Canyon fire and the recent Black Forest wildfire that touched countless lives and destroyed hundreds of homes.
    Several former Bronco greats will lead the parade of Rocky Mountain State Games athletes and Color in Motion 5K runners which takes place before the torch run, including Billy Thompson, Randy Gradishar, Ron Egloff, Larry Brunson, Wade Manning and Bronco Cheerleaders.
    The Torch Run will kick off at 6:30 p.m. when the torch arrives at Antlers Park, carried by Miles, the Official Mascot of the Denver Broncos of the NFL.
    Miles will then hand off the torch to the VIP runners, each carrying the flame about 50 meters to the stage at the intersection of Tejon Street and Colorado Avenue.
    The official torch runners, in order:
    Billy Thompson, former 13-year Bronco who was a three-time All-Pro selection and inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame in 1987
    Jeff Greene, El Paso County Administrator
    Joe Hight, Editor of The Gazette
    Kevin Olson, King Soopers Regional Manager
    David Sered, Comcast Director of Government Affairs
    Brianna Goodwin, City of Colorado Springs Event Coordinator
    Doug Price, Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau President/CEO
    Tosha Carper, AT&T Area Regional Store Manager
    Dave Palenchar, Chairman of The Sports Corp and El Pomar COO
    Rob Quirk, KOAA5 news anchor
    A lineup of firefighters and first responders from the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires and assisted in the successful 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb   
    Terry Maketa, El Paso County Sheriff
     
    Sheriff Maketa will hand over the torch to Denney and Coughlin, who will light the Rocky Mountain State Games flame at approximately 7:15.
     
    It’s all free of charge for everyone and again salutes the Olympic Family in Colorado Springs, America’s Olympic City, headed by the United States Olympic Committee, US Paralympics, more than two dozen USOC National Governing Bodies, and the city where thousands of athletes have trained since 1977, chasing their Olympic or Paralympic Dreams.
    In addition to a full program of sport demonstrations, live music concerts, athlete autograph sessions, food and beverage vendors and more, beginning at 5:00 P.M., there is going to be a unique feature made possible by the contributions of local businesses and individuals.
    It’s a real Olympic-sized sand beach volleyball pit, 46x72 feet, with several teams playing demonstration matches to spotlight a sport that has become tremendously popular in the Olympic Games since it was introduced in 1992 at the Games in Barcelona.
    Tournament play demonstrations on the sand court, hosted by Sand Pits Volleyball at BooDad’s Beach House Grill, will take place starting at 5:00 and continue until late.
    ·         5:00 – 7:00 Tournament finals
    ·         7:30 – 9:00 Ranked women’s competition “Queen of the Court”
    ·         9:00 – 11:30 Tournament finals
    ·         11:30 – 1:00 Challenge competition
    ·         Community giveaway contest throughout the evening.
    The Olympic Downtown Celebration, sponsored by the U.S. Olympic Committee, AT&T, El Pomar Foundation, the Daniels Fund, the City of Colorado Springs, KOAA5, The Gazette, Colorado Springs Utilities and The Sports Corp, will feature a little bit of everything for everybody, especially kids and entire families:
    ·         A real sand beach volleyball pit and tournament
    ·         The Flying Aces ski aerialists
    ·         USA Taekwondo board breaking demonstrations
    ·         USA Tennis sport court
    ·         USA Table Tennis demonstrations
    ·         National Guard obstacle course
    ·         Gravity Play inflatable slide and trampoline with bungee chords
    ·         The Maximum Velocity BMX Riders
    ·         Sports information booths
    ·         Athlete autograph sessions
    ·         Food/beverage vendors
    ·         Firefighter and First Responder recognition events
    ·         4:30-Midnight live band concerts! Courtesy of downtown business owners Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli, the concerts will include singer Lauren Alaina from American Idol, Jon Pardi, Dakota Bradley, all with a Nashville music theme that everyone will enjoy. 
    At that point Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will declare the 2013 Rocky Mountain State Games are officially open.
     Lauren Alaina
    The concert stage schedule: (Tejon Street Just South of Kiowa)
    4:30-5:30 Wrestling with Jimmy
    6-7 Air force Band: Wild Blue Country
    7-8 KOAA kick off of event
    8-9 Dakota Bradley (18-year-old Nashville newcomer)
    9:30-10:30 Lauren Alaina (Season 10 American Idol runner-up)
    11-12 Jon Pardi (country music singer/songwriter with Capitol Records Nashville)
     
    The Rocky Mountain State Games, presented by AT&T, resume Friday and kick off the biggest schedule of the 36 sports featured in this year’s 12th annual Games.