Feb 8, 2014 1:56 AM by Zach Thaxton
Thousands of people celebrated the arrival of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia by attending a lively downtown street festival in Colorado Springs Friday night. The event, organized by Colorado Springs Sports Corp., featured an ice-climbing simulation and an aerial snowmobile stunt display featuring a Winter X Games gold medalist, among other attractions. News 5 broadcasted live from the event for its 5:00, 6:00, and 10:00 newscasts. Just prior to 6:30, a ceremonial Olympic cauldron was ignited, symbolizing Colorado Springs' unity with the Team USA athletes competing in Russia. "It's to celebrate the fact that we're the home of the Olympic Training Center and the U.S. Olympic headquarters," said Jeff Mosher, special events manager for Colorado Springs Sports Corp. Many attendees watched NBC's presentation of the Opening Ceremony on a giant video screen erected along Tejon Street.