Montreal OutGames: Opening ceremonies

Photo Credit: Andrew Delaware
Swimmer Ricardo, 28, and 40-year-old marathon runner Roberto, both from Costa Rica, prepare to enter the stadium representing Costa Rica.

"It is difficult for Costa Ricans to obtain a visa to travel here for the games," Ricardo said. "We were lucky. I've been planning to come here for three years now, so it is very exciting to be here! I am here to have some fun, and to swim my personal best."

Roberto emotionally described what a dream it was to be at the Montreal Olympic stadium. "I watched the Montreal Olympic Games 30 years ago, in 1976, and had always dreamed about it. Today, my dream comes true."