Colorado Springs resident and Olympic bobsled gold medalist, Steve Holcomb, has been chosen to light the torch for the 2010 Rocky Mountain State Games on July 30 at the Colorado Springs World Arena.
In Vancouver earlier this year, Holcomb piloted a four-man bobsled to win the first U.S. Olympic gold medal in that sport in 62 years.
Holcomb, who trained locally for the event at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, will finish the evening of the opening ceremony by igniting the official Rocky Mountain games cauldron.
Other Olympic champions chosen to light the torch at State Games openings in Colorado Springs include Apolo Ohno, Rulon Gardner, Derek Parra, Henry Cejudo and Michelle Kwan.
“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 Corp. 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.”
Originally from Utah, Holcomb drove a Bo-Dyne sled to the gold medal in Canada with teammates Steve Mesler, Justin Olsen and Curt Tomasevicz on board – upsetting the legendary German sled driven by four-time Olympic champion Andre Lange.
The Games, which are open to Colorado athletes of all ages and skill levels, are held July 30-August 1, and include 35 sports.