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Olympian Lights Torch at Opening Ceremonies

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BILLINGS, Mont. - The 29th annual Big Sky State Games kicks off with opening ceremonies on Friday, and this year, there were plenty of firsts.

A non-timed, 5K "Soaked" run filled with water guns, sprinklers, and slip-n-slides provided some cool family fun. 10-year-old Helena Brown ran with her brother, Robby.

"Having people cheering for you, and feeling that pride -- there's a lot of mixed feelings," Brown said with a laugh.

Helena and her brother Robby Brown started their games experience earlier on Friday, when they met tonight's guest of honor -- professional mogul skier, and two-time U.S. Olympic Skier, Heather McPhee.

"It was great -- she's just really cool," Robby added.

McPhee -- a Bozeman native -- gave an inspiring opening ceremony speech.

"To turn that pressure to show the world, in 30 seconds, what I worked toward for a lifetime, and feeling the thrill, and opportunity, to compete gave way to a spiritual wellness," McPhee told the crowd at Daylis Stadium.

But before McPhee lit the torch -- a group of acrobatic dunkers called 'Air Elite' from Atlanta brought the crowd to its feet.

"This is a great event, seeing all the athletes competing in their various age brackets, we're excited to come give them a little entertainment," he said.

Air-Elite is the official dunking group for five NBA teams, and has brought its show to dozens of countries.

The state games run all through the weekend.
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