Jul 12, 2013 11:13 PM by Jordan Mason

Olympic skating hopefuls will light State Games torch

Colorado Springs, July 12------- 2012 United States National figure skating pairs champions and 2014 Olympic hopefuls Caydee Denney and John Coughlin will light the torch to salute the 2013 Rocky Mountain State Games as part of the city's second Olympic Downtown Celebration on July 26 from 5:00-10:00 p.m. along Tejon Street.

The Broadmoor Skating Club duo train in the city at the World Arena and have their sights set squarely on Sochi and the Olympic Winter Games next year after missing the 2013 World Championships when Coughlin was recovering from hip surgery.

The pair, now at full strength and training in Colorado Springs, will attempt to make the Olympic Team for Sochi during the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston.

Denney and Coughlin's torch lighting assignment on Friday, July 26, is part of the full evening of activities expected to draw thousands to the city's downtown core, as last year's event, held on the night of the London Olympics Opening Ceremony did, estimated at 20,000.

1992 Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi (figure skating) and husband Bret Hedican (Olympic ice hockey), who met at the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville and married in 2000, were the torch lighting duo at last year's inaugural Olympic Downtown Celebration.

The Olympic Downtown Celebration, sponsored by the U.S. Olympic Committee, AT&T, El Pomar Foundation, the Daniels Fund, the City of Colorado Springs, KOAA5, The Gazette, Colorado Springs Utilities and The Sports Corp, will feature a little bit of everything for everybody, especially kids and entire families:

· A real sand beach volleyball pit

· The Flying Aces ski aerialists

· The Maximum Velocity BMX Riders

· Sports information booths

· Athlete autograph sessions

· Food/beverage vendors

· Firefighter and First Responder recognition events

· 5:00-10:00 live band concerts! Courtesy of downtown business owners Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli, the concerts will include singer Lauren Alaina from American Idol, Jon Pardi, and several top acts from Nashville


It's all free of charge for everyone and again salutes the Olympic Family in Colorado Springs, led by the United States Olympic Committee, US Paralympics, more than two dozen USOC National Governing Bodies, and the place where thousands of athletes have trained since 1978 in chasing their Olympic or Paralympic Dreams.

The USOC has made Colorado Springs its hometown since the summer of 1978 and has agreed with the city to keep it that way for the next 30 years.

Make your plans to be with the city on Friday evening, July 26, to take part in this celebration of America's greatest athletes, the USOC, and the amateur athletes of all ages and skill levels who will be competing in the second half of the annual Rocky Mountain State Games.



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