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Olympic Downtown Celebration in Colorado Springs

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The City of Colorado Springs and KOAA 5 will be kicking off the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Friday evening in downtown Colorado Springs.

From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. the city is hosting a city-wide celebration that is free and open to the public at Tejon Street and Pikes Peak Avenue. News 5 will be LIVE from the celebration for our 5:00 show.

Tejon is closed south of Kiowa and north of Vermijo for the celebration. Colorado and Pikes Peak are also closed west of Nevada and east of Cascade. Those closures are expected to stretch into overnight Saturday.

Five-time gold medal winner Eric Heiden will light the Olympic City USA cauldron to kick off the winter Olympics. Heiden won five individual gold medals and set multiple Olympic records and one world record in speed skating at the 1980 games at Lake Placid.

There will be games and food for the whole family, as well as coverage of the PyeongChang Opening Ceremony on a jumbo screen, which will also be carried on KOAA 5.

Other events include:

  • Korean performances – dance, music, drumming and sports
  • Performances by the Jubilee Ensemble
  • Comcast Activation Area
  • Sport demonstration and booths
  • Olympic and Paralympic autographs
  • Snowmobile Jumpers
  • Kids activities
  • Warming Stations in the street
  • Hot Chocolate Stations
  • Special Recognition Ceremony for Olympic Ideals Award Winners from area elementary schools
  • Beer Garden and Ice Bar (courtesy of the Cripple Creek Ice Festival)

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