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Olympian Bruce Baumgartner Remembers

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The opening ceremonies for the 2014 winter Olympics air Friday night WICU 12.
And it's an exciting time for many people, especially for Olympian Bruce Baumgartner.

Wrestling legend and four-time Olympic medalist Bruce Baumgartner knows first-hand the excitement of both the Olympic games and the opening ceremonies.
Baumgartner lead the 1996 US Olympic team into the opening ceremonies.
He actually held the US flag during that opening ceremony in Atlanta.

He says it was a dream come true, an experience he'll never forget, and an honor to be chosen as team captain by his peers.
He says the games and the opening ceremonies bring back a lot of memories.

And this might surprise you, Baumgartner says he was more nervous while carrying the US flag during the ceremony, than he was while wrestling in the Olympics.

"It was close to 100,000 people in the stadium, screaming. You literally couldn't hear anything it was so loud. And... what if you dropped it (the flag), what if you tripped, it was like you were out there by yourself with 100,000 people and a billion people watching on TV, so it was pretty nerve wracking," said Baumgartner.

Baumgartner says he really enjoys watching the games, during the winter or summer Olympics. He says just seeing the skills of the best young athletes in the world he says is "awesome."

We'll bring you much more from our interview with Baumgartner tonight on 12News at 11 right after the opening ceremonies.

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