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Antonio Rebollo

Antonio Rebollo

Spanish paralympic archer and athlete
Antonio Rebollo
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Intro Spanish paralympic archer and athlete
Is Athlete Archer
From Spain
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 19 June 1955, Madrid
Age: 65 years
Star sign GeminiGemini
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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.

Rebollo represented Spain at the 1984, 1988, and 1992 Summer Paralympics. He won a silver in 1984, bronze in 1988, and a second silver in 1992.

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