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Hall of Fame speedskater Eric Heiden to help kick off 2018 Winter Olympics celebration in Colorado Springs

By: The Gazette
December 1, 2017 Updated: December 5, 2017 at 12:25 pm
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photo - Speedskater Eric Heiden was the winningest athlete at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, N.Y., taking home five individual gold medals, and  setting four Olympic records and one world record.Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Speedskater Eric Heiden was the winningest athlete at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, N.Y., taking home five individual gold medals, and setting four Olympic records and one world record.Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 

An Olympic Hall of Famer will light the torch to kick off the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics celebration in downtown Colorado Springs this February.

Speedskater Eric Heiden was the winningest athlete at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, N.Y., taking home five individual gold medals, and  setting four Olympic records and one world record. To date, he is the most successful athlete from any single edition of the Winter Olympic Games. He was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983.

Heiden’s symbolic cauldron lighting on Feb. 9 will marshal in what will be the city’s fourth downtown Olympic celebration. 

The opening ceremony for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, which will be held in the Gangwon province of South Korea from Feb. 9-28, will be lived-streamed on a jumbo screen during the Colorado Springs event. 

The celebration will also feature snowmobile jumpers, Korean dance, music, and sports performances, athlete autographs, hot chocolate stations, booths, a Budweiser beer garden and ice bar, plus activities for the kids.

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