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The Olympic Games - February 7, 2014

Q: This Great Bend native is an opera singer and a voice instructor at Kansas State University. But lately, he’s been working in Sochi, Russia - helping to produce the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics. What’s his name?

Russian folk singers perform in anticipation of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. (Flickr Photo via Winston Wong)


A: Bryan Pinkall


Bryan Pinkall teaches studio voice and Italian diction at Kansas State University, and is the Administrative Director for the K-State Summer Choral Institute. (Photo via KSU)

Great Bend native Bryan Pinkall is a trained opera singer and a voice instructor at Kansas State University. According to The Wichita Eagle, Pinkall is one of just two Americans selected to work on the 250-member team producing the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The 28 year old is a 2013 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Read more about Bryan Pinkall and his work at the Olympics here, in this great article in The Wichita Eagle.

The 22nd Winter Games begin today (Friday, Feb. 7, 2014). Catch the opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on NBC.