Antonio Rebollo Liñán (born 19 June 1955, in Madrid 04, Spain) is a Spanish Paralympic archer. During the Opening Ceremony of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, he lit the Olympic Cauldron by shooting a flaming arrow over it, igniting the gases.
Life and career
When Rebollo 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.
There were no fears. I was practically a robot. I focused on my positioning and reaching the target. My feelings were taken from the people who described to me how they saw it. What they felt, their emotions, their cries. This is what made me realise what the moment actually meant.
- "Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics | Olympic Video News Medals". Olympic.org. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
- "Antonio Rebello - Paralympic Archer". YouTube. 2006-11-03. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
- Antonio Rebollo at the International Paralympic Committee