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B.C. Winter Games officially begin in Penticton

BC Winter Games open in Penticton

PENTICTON, B.C. – It was a sold out crowd at the South Okanagan Events Centre for the opening ceremonies of the B.C. Winter Games Thursday night.

More than 1,200 athletes, ages 9 to 40, from around the province have been training and competing to qualify for their events in Penticton.

GALLERY: Photos of the B.C. Winter Games Opening Ceremonies (All photos by Al Coen)

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Penticton hosted the first B.C. Summer Games in 1978 and then again in 1996. The South Okanagan city also hosted the B.C. Winter Games in 1990.

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Athletes will compete over three days in 17 sports, with more than 2,500 volunteers keeping all the events running.

Venues in Penticton, Apex Mountain and the Telemark Nordic Club in West Kelowna will host the events.

WATCH: Figure skater Peyton Molberg is trying to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Molberg hopes to repeat the success her mother had at the B.C. Winter Games over 30 years ago.

B.C. Winter Games: Peyton Molberg
B.C. Winter Games: Peyton Molberg