Posted: Jul 7, 2010 9:27 PM
Steve Holcomb, who piloted his famous "Night Train" to the first United States Olympic gold medal in the four-man bobsled in 62 years in Vancouver, has been selected as the official torch lighter for the 2010 Rocky Mountain State Games, presented by AT&T.
The Colorado Springs resident, who paved the way for his gold medal run by training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, will finish the evening at the Opening Ceremony on July 30 at the Colorado Springs World Arena by igniting the Official Games cauldron.
Holcomb continues the tradition of Olympic champions chosen to light the torch at State Games openings in Colorado Springs in recent years, adding his name to a list that includes Rulon Gardner, Michelle Kwan, Apolo Ohno, Derek Parra and Henry Cejudo.
"We are thrilled that Steve has accepted our invitation to light the flame for the athletes in the Rocky Mountain State Games," said Colorado Springs Sports Corporation President & CEO Tom Osborne. "He represents the kind of struggle and sacrifice that athletes make to reach the podium, and the Olympic presence in Colorado Springs that is so much of the fabric of this city and its history."
The Utah native, who started as a ski racer, drove his Bo-Dyne sled to the gold medal in Vancouver with teammates Steve Mesler, Justin Olsen and Curt Tomasevicz, all former college football players, on board as they upset the legendary German sled driven by four-time Olympic champion Andre Lange.
The Games, July 30-August 1, are open to athletes of all ages and skill levels in Colorado and 35 sports will be contested in venues across the city including The United States Air Force Academy, U.S. Olympic Training Center, Fort Carson, Colorado College, Memorial Park and several high schools
Registration for all athletes is open now at www.coloradospringssports.org and includes all information related to participation, eligibility, housing and official schedules.