Jul 30, 2012 7:00 PM by Matt Stafford

Organizers: 15,000 - 20,000 people at Friday's downtown Olympic kickoff

Thousands of people braved the rain and joined News 5 last Friday night in downtown Colorado Springs as we kicked off the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Organizers are estimating 15,000 to 20,000 people showed up; more than they were planning on. Luckily they brought out a big set up, like a skating rink on Tejon St., multiple News 5 broadcasts, and a lot of smiling faces.

"15 to 20 thousand people downtown was a little more than we were expecting. It was really really great to see how it all turned out, and we think overall it went well," says Lincoln Floyd, an event organizer from the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.

Organizers were so happy with the turn out that they're already talking about what could be done for the Winter Olympic Games in 2014.



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