7,000 people gather to opening ceremony of Powerade State Games

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Guy Troy’s days as an Olympian are long behind him.

But on Friday, Troy, 89, once again heard the cheers of a crowd as he lighted the cauldron during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Powerade State Games in Corpening Plaza.

About 7,000 people, including about 1,500 athletes, watched as Troy, a member of the U.S. pentathlon team in 1952, took the torch from Winston-Salem gymnast Deanndra Watkins, 17.

“It’s a real honor and privilege to further the Olympic effort,” said Troy, who lives in Liberty. His team finished tied for third with Finland in the games, which were held in Helsinki, Finland.

Troy wore a traditional Olympic opening day outfit for U.S. competitors — a blue jacket, a white fedora, and a white shirt with a red, white and blue striped tie.

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, let the games begin,” said Kerry Charles, the ceremonies’ emcee, as he declared the 26th annual State Games open after Troy lit the torch.

Charles is a morning anchorman for FOX8/WGHP.

This article was written by John Hinton and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.

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