Mayor Steve Bach joined 20,000 Colorado Springs residents for the largest downtown celebration ever, to watch the Olympic Games opening ceremonies on a massive TV screen set up outside the United States Olympic Committee headquarters building on Tejon St.
This massive party began at the Olympic Training Center with a special torch run and torch lighting ceremony. Among the torch bearers were Chief of Staff Laura Neumann, forest supervisor Jerri Marr, national figure skating pairs champion Caydee Denney, Colorado Springs Sports Corp Chairman Dave Palenchar, Todd Felsen of the Cheyenne Mountain Resort at Boulder, Dot Lischick from the Colorado Springs World Arena, Doug Price of Experience Colorado Springs, Kevin Olson of King Soopers, and 1984 Olympic gymnast Michelle Farrell.
After the torch run, Mayor Bach and Suzi joined thousands of people who gathered on Tejon St. for an evening of fun and festivities. Watching the Olympic Games opening ceremonies live and a free concert with country star, Rodney Atkins – the evening was a huge success. Mayor Bach had a great time meeting people and shaking hands. The crowd enjoyed watching kids skate on the miniature ice rink set in the middle of Tejon and watching many of the special athletic demonstrations put on to celebrate the Games.
Mayor Bach spoke to the crowd, thanking them for attending the event, and calling special attention to those athletes in London who come from Colorado Springs: Dremiel Byers (Wrestling), Matt Emmons (Shooting), Missy Franklin (Swimming), John Orozco (Gymnastics), and Jenny Simpson (Track & Field). “We are proud to have our city represented by these fine athletes in the Olympic Games, and we wish them Gold.”
Mayor Bach was happy to thank country music artist Rodney Atkins in person, who gave a free concert performance to benefit local fire houses. ”It was an amazing evening. Thank you to the Downtown Partnership, The Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and the United States Olympic Committee for the tremendous effort and money raised to support this important event. We hope to do it all again four years from now!”