Jul 6, 2010 7:16 PM by Greg Boyce
Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Holcomb, who piloted his famous "Night Train" to the first United States Olympic gold medal in the four-man bobsled in 62 years in Vancouver, has been selected as the official torch lighter for the 2010 Rocky Mountain State Games.
Holcomb is a Colorado Springs resident. He will light the torch at the World Arena at the end of the opening ceremony for the State Games on July 30.
"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 Corporation President & 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."
Registration for all athletes is open now and includes all information related to participation, eligibility, housing and official schedules.
Eight new sports are being offered including LaCrosse, Rugby and Modern Pentathlon.
on the menu that were not part of the event, last held in 2006 in the city.
LaCrosse, a fast-growing sport in Colorado at the high school and collegiate level, will be offered at the Games this summer for Boys (5th & 6th grade), and Girls (7th to 12th grade divisions). The competition will be held at the El Pomar Youth Sports Park.