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No matter where you finish, Opening Ceremonies is the place to start! The Friday, July 19, 2019 Opening Ceremonies of the 34th Annual Big Sky State Games, sponsored by Wendy’s, will be a colorful evening packed with exciting family entertainment!
Gates Open at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium (Third & Grand) in Billings at 5:30pm.
Park with ease at the YMCA and ride the shuttle to the stadium.
Olympic Bronze Medalist Marti Malloy will be the special guest athlete of the 34th Annual Big Sky State Games Opening Ceremonies Friday, July 19 at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium in Billings. The two –time Judo Olympian (2012 and 2016) will speak and light the Big Sky State Games Calderon, officially kicking off Montana’s 2019 State Games.
Malloy won USA Judo’s second ever Olympic medal by an American female in 2012. After losing in the last seven seconds of the Olympic semifinal, Malloy, a first time Olympian, came back with a powerful throw to beat the reigning Olympic Champion who was ranked Number 2 in the world at the time, capturing the Bronze Medal in the women’s judo 57 kg class.
“It’s the hardest thing in the world to come back,” Malloy said. “You want to be mad and angry and upset, but my coach pulled me aside and said, "You came here to win. You lost a close match and if you really want to win you’re going to totally change your mindset and come back and focus on the bronze.” Malloy is a 2016 Grand Prix Cancun and 2017 Grand Prix Havana Gold Medalist and a Bronze Medal winner at the 2017 Pan American Senior Championships.
During the Big Sky State Games weekend Malloy will also conduct a Judo Clinic, on Saturday, July 20 following the State Games TaeKwondo and Judo competition at Huntley Project High School in Worden. For more information on the Clinic call Dave Allen (406) 860-7959.
Festivities kick off with SOAKED, a crazy fun two mile water walk/run through and around Pioneer Park. Other festivities include the Soaked Run, climbing wall, family entertainment and games, food trucks, TNT Dunk Team, Parade of Athletes, Montana Mile, and Torch Lighting. State Games participants are admitted free with their Opening Ceremonies tickets. Tickets are $5, children under 6 are admitted free. It's truly a night for the whole family!
The Ceremony officially begins at 7:30pm. The program includes Parade of Athletes (walk in the parade and receive a commemorative State Games gift), fun entertainment and interactive events, and the Men's and Women's Montana Mile (fastest milers in Montana), and traditional torch lighting by an Olympic athlete.
Admissision is $5/Adult and FREE for children 6 and under. Particpating athletes are admitted for free with their Opening Ceremonies ticket (postcard) mailed prior to the Games.
Particpating athletes can also use their entry ticket to pick up their commemorative t-shirts at Daylis Stadium during Opening Ceremonies (between 5:30pm and 8:00pm) on Friday, July 19, or between 9:00am and 5:00pm on Saturday or Sunday. Don't forget to bring your ticket and/or t-shirt claim letter (for teams), as you will not be able to pick up your t-shirts without it!