Antonio Rebollo (born June 19, 1955 in Madrid, Spain) is the paralympic archer who lit the Olympic Cauldron by shooting an arrow, igniting it, during the Opening Ceremony of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
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.
|“||There were no fears. I was practically a robot. I focused on my positioning and reaching the target. My feelings were taken from the people who described to me how they saw it. What they felt, their emotions, their cries. This is what made me realize what the moment actually meant.||”|
|— Antonio Rebollo, in a segment with NBC about the lighting of the cauldron during the Opening Ceremony of the 1992 Summer Olympics.|
- "Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics | Olympic Video News Medals". Olympic.org. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
- "Antonio Rebello - Paralympic Archer". YouTube. 2006-11-03. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
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