Arguably the most well-known Olympic tradition is the lighting of the torch. The flame commemorates the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus. It originates from ancient Greece where the fire kept burning throughout the games. Tonight, the western slope got to see this special ceremony first hand.
Thousands of athletes gathered at stocker stadium for the annual Colorado Special Olympics opening ceremonies.
The event kicked off with the parade of athletes with competitors both young and old gearing up to take home a title in this year’s games.
The night wrapped up with the torch run, where local law enforcement officials passed the torch off to the athletes to light the brand new cauldron and kick off the 2017 Colorado Special Olympics right here in Grand Junction.