May 28, 2012 6:32 PM by Jordan Mason
Colorado Springs, May 28----------Athletes from 24 Colorado cities and towns have registered to compete in the 11th Annual Rocky Mountain State Games in Colorado Springs in July. More than 7,000 athletes are expected to compete over two weekends.
Registration for athletes across Colorado is open now at: www.rockymountainstategames.org
Theresa Kulikowski of Colorado Springs, a former NCAA Gymnastics Champion at the University of Utah and former U.S. National team member who was sixth in the 1996 Olympic Trials will compete in the Games - but not in Gymnastics.
Instead, she'll compete in the RMSG triathlon event, set for Saturday, July 21, at Prospect Lake by Memorial Park in Colorado Springs.
Athletes who have signed up to compete range in age from 8-year-old Lanie Szuch of Evegreen (Gymnastics) to 71-year-old shooter Kenneth Smith of Colorado Springs.
Organizers have added a 35th and new sport, Aquathlon, for the event this year. It's for kids 7-15 years old and features 100 and 200m swimming events and 1k and 2k runs, under the sanction of USA Triathlon as part of its Splash and Dash series nationally.
Aquathlon will take place on Sunday, July 22, in Memorial Park.
The Rocky Mountain State Games is a multi-sport festival for Colorado citizens of all ages and athletic abilities including physically disabled, visually impaired and Paralympic athletes. Recognized by the National Congress of State Games, a member of the United States Olympic Committee, the 2012 Rocky Mountain State Games will be held July 20-22 & 27-29, in Colorado Springs.
Organized and managed by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, the 2012 RMSG will offer competition in 35 sports. Competition will take place along the Front Range with venues including the U.S. Olympic Training Center, U.S. Air Force Academy, Memorial Park, Fort Carson, Colorado College and other venues in Colorado Springs.
The Rocky Mountain State Games will feature an Opening Celebration, on Friday, July 27, at America The Beautiful Park. This celebration will kick off Rocky Mountain State Games weekend with an athlete gathering, a Taekwondo Exhibition and more! In addition, fans and athletes will attempt to break a Guinness World Record! During the celebration festivities we will try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering in the world wearing swimming caps. The record to break is 2,049. Swim caps will be handed out and once everyone has one, a picture will be taken. Organizers hope that number will set the new Guinness record.
The Parade of Athletes will then move from America The Beautiful Park to downtown Colorado Springs and join the Olympic Downtown Celebration, which starts at 4:00. This celebration is a city wide event that will feature live entertainment, interactive booths, food, a live feed of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Opening Ceremony on a 15 by 27-foot HD screen, and much more, including a very special torch lighting ceremony.
Olympians Kristi Yamaguchi (figure skating) and Bret Hedican (hockey), who met at the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville and married in 2000, will represent U.S. athletes as they light the local torch. Yamaguchi is the 1992 Olympic ladies figure skating champion, a best-selling author, philanthropist and a winner of the popular Dancing with the Stars television show. Hedican won the 2006 Stanley Cup with the NHL Carolina Hurricanes and is a TV sports analyst covering the NHL San Jose Sharks.
Friday, July 27 - RMSG Opening Celebration
4:30 p.m. - Pre-Celebration staging begins at America The Beautiful Park
4:45 p.m. - Athletes gather for the Parade of Athletes (will parade into downtown Colorado Springs, with CSPD Escorts)
5:00 p.m. - Parade of Athletes from America The Beautiful Park to the corner of Colorado Ave. & Tejon St.
5:30 p.m. - The State Games athletes will parade downtown to join the Olympic Downtown Celebration
Sports (35) for the 2012 Rocky Mountain State Games include:
Soccer (High School)
Track & Field
Athlete admission is free but spectator admission will be charged for the following sports: Basketball, Gymnastics, Karate, Taekwondo, Track & Field and Wrestling. A one day car/family pass can be purchased on-site for $10. Individual day passes can be purchased on-site, per day; Adults: $5, Youth(13-18): $3, Seniors(55+): $3. Youth 12 & under are admitted free. Admission may be taken in either the parking lot area or within the venue. If admission is taken within the venue PASSES must be brought in and shown at the door!
For admittance onto the U.S. Air Force Academy and Fort Carson, a driver's license, vehicle registration and vehicle insurance must be shown, along with ID for all passengers.
The State Games concept was developed in New York in 1978 with the Empire State Games. Annually, more than 400,000 athletes compete in State Games nationwide. State Games feature various sports from the Olympic and Pan American Games programs as well as sports with regional popularity in each state.