Partnership to host Olympic celebration

87700367A partnership of four Colorado Springs entities will host an event celebrating the 2014 Olympic Winter Games’ opening ceremony.

The City of Colorado Springs, the Downtown Development Authority, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Colorado Springs Sports Corp. announced in a news release Monday that they will host the “Olympic Downtown Celebration” beginning at 5 p.m. Feb. 7, on Tejon Street, as the 22nd winter games begins in Sochi, Russia.

“All of the drama begins for residents of Colorado Springs on the evening of February 7 in downtown, no matter snow or chilly temperatures,” officials said in the release. “That’s the spirit of the Olympic Winter Games.”

According to the release, the event will include a live screening of NBC’s broadcast (KOAA-TV) from the opening ceremony in Sochi on a 17-foot LCD TV just south of the intersection of Platte Avenue and Tejon Street.

The event, which will use a span of Tejon Street running from Pikes Peak Avenue to Platte Avenue, will also feature snowmobile jumping shows, a “family fun glow run,” First Friday Art Walk displays, live music and more.

An estimated 20,000 locals gathered downtown for the city’s Olympic Downtown Celebration in 2013, during the opening ceremony of the games in London on July 27.