The CSG caldron-lighting, the climax of the Opening Ceremonies, celebrates an Olympic tradition, usually with a prominent Nebraska athlete chosen as the Mystery Torchlighter.

2020 Mystery Torchlighter

Eric Crouch

Past Mystery Torchlighters

Eric Crouch

Elizabeth & Katie Jones

Elizabeth and Katie are not only a perfect seven for seven in Division III National Championships with three indoor and four outdoor titles, but are also three time Academic All Americans. The 1600 meter relay is where they have left their mark.

Danny Woodhead


Danny grew up a multi-sport star in North Platte, but is football career is extensive. It started in high school as a leading rusher, then to Chadron State College where he won the Harlon Hill Trophy as the Division II Most Outstanding Player in both 2006 and 2007. In 2008 is when he started his career in the NFL and played for a few different teams, but the San Diego Chargers was the team he was most productive with in 2013.

Pete Kostelnick


Pete started his journey in San Francisco, California on September 12th, 2016 and ended it in Manhattan, New York on October 24th, 2016. For 42 days, 6 hours and 36 minutes Pete ran 3,067 miles. When he arrived in Manhattan he was titled the fastest man ever to cross the United States on foot, averaging 72 miles per day, shattering the previous record by 4 days.

Amber & Kadie Rolfzen


Amber and Kadie started their volleyball journey at Papillion La Vista High School where they led their team to 2 undefeated seasons, 3 consecutive state championships, and 2 ESPN RISE National titles. The continued to join the volleyball Husker team and has even more achievements during their time in college.

Lolo Jones & Jordan Burroughs


Jack Hoffman


Jed Ortmeyer


Jed is the second Nebraskan to play in the National Hockey League and the first since 1924. During his 10 NHL seasons, he has played with the New York Rangers, the Nashville Predators, the San Jose Sharks, and the Minnesota Wild, amassing a total 345 games played.

Erica Anschutz


At age 8, Erica was titled the Female Athlete of the Year when she outscored all shooters. A year later she became the youngest archer in history to score a perfect 600 at the Indoor National Tournament in Las Vegas. Over the ensuing 13 years, she has held 8 different world records and has been a member of 5 Junior, 3 Collegiate, and 11 Senior U.S. World Teams. She has competed at World Cup events in 21 different countries, winning over 35 international medals.

Alex Henery


Alex grew up playing soccer in the State Games, but as he grew up and went to college he focused his attention to football. He became the all-time leading scorer in Husker football history with 397 points. He was also one of the few players to master two positions at the Division I college level.

Scott Shanle


Scott fulfilled his childhood dream and walked on to play at the University of Nebraska in 1998. He was named All-Conference Honorable Mention as a Junior and Senior. This led to him being chosen in the 7th round NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. This started his NFL journey and in 2010 when he was playing for the New Orleans Saints, they won the Super Bowl.

Cory Schlesinger


Eric Piatkowski


Sarah Pavan & Jordan Larson


Curt Tomasevicz


Joba Chamberlain, Johnny Dorn & Andy Gerch


Russ Hochstein


Rulon Gardner


Jeff Leise


Kim Behrends & Angie Oxley


Heather Brink-Rennerfeldt


Jay Novacek


Erick Strickland


Jeremy Sonnenfeld


Angie Henry & Terri Steer


Alllison Weston


Dennis Harrison


Karen Jennings


Kim Oden


Todd Eisner & Rich King


Tom Rathman


Bob Boozer & Kelly Vjraska


Scott Johnson


Diane Beideck & Tom Haase


Julie Vollertsen


Jim Hartung


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