Check out www.athens2004.com (official website) or www.usocpressbox.org to read about the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremonies!. Right now they have some great pictures there of the opening ceremony. 70,000 attended. - sold out! The word here in Athens is that the day pass tickets for the entire Paralympics have also sold out!! Yippee! Good stuff! GO TEAM USA - go the GOLD!
This article was copied from the www.usocpressbox.org
U.S. Athletes Enjoy the Moment as Opening Ceremonies Kick-Off 2004 Paralympic Games
by Kevin Neuendorf - U.S. Olympic Committee (Greece: 693-678-1478, U.S.: 719-866-4786)
U.S. Athletes Enjoy the Moment As Opening
Ceremonies Kick-Off 2004 Paralympic Games
Following the entrance by the U.S Team ― led in by flagbearer Kevin Szott. ― and the other 135 nations, the President of the Greek Republic, Costis Stephanopoulos, declared the Games open. And with that, the Paralympic Flag circled the stadium and the Paralympic Flame was lit.
The show centered on a huge life-like tree in the
middle of the stadium that was 85-foot-tall, weighed 35 tons, and symbolized
life. A ceremony guide pointed out that in ancient times the "sick used to
lie down under plane trees and hope for a cure simply by touching this
incarnation of strength and longevity."
Flagbearer Kevin Szott (Judo/Clifton, N.J.)
Jermell Pennie (Wheelchair Basketball/Houston,
Julia Dorsett (Wheelchair Tennis/Boca Raton,
Deb Vosler (Sitting Volleyball/Eyota, Minn.)
On tap for Team USA tomorrow is action in blind judo, fencing, table tennis, cycling, sailing while the men’s wheelchair basketball team takes on Japan.
For a larger image of the photos below click on the photo. 1st photo is of Kevin Szott, judo, carrying the flag and the 2nd photo below is of Team USA!
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