Antonio Rebollo

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Antonio Rebollo (born June 19, 1955 in Madrid, Spain) is the paralympic archer who lit [1] the Olympic Cauldron by shooting an arrow, igniting it, during the Opening Ceremony of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.[2] When he was eight months old he contracted Polio with both legs affected, the right one severely. He was quoted as saying "I simply wanted to do things that challenge me." He was one of 200 archers considered. There were sunrise practices, along with wind machines to simulate various weather conditions, and flaming arrows that would often singe fingers. He was among four finalists, and was chosen just two hours prior to the release of his arrow.[3]

Rebollo represented Spain at the 1984, 1988, and 1992 Summer Paralympics. He won a silver in 1984, bronze in 1988, and a second silver in 1992.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ceremonial hall of shame". BBC News. 2000-09-15. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  2. ^ "Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics | Olympic Video News Medals". Olympic.org. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Antonio Rebello - Paralympic Archer". YouTube. 2006-11-03. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 

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Olympic Games
Preceded by
Chung Sun-Man, Sohn Mi-Chung, & Kim Won-Tak
Final Summer Olympic Torchbearer
Barcelona 1992
Succeeded by
Muhammad Ali