WICHITA, Kansas – One Kansan has been in Sochi for three weeks as one of two Americans helping with the Olympic opening ceremonies.
Bryan Pinkall has loved the Olympics for as long as he can remember.
“Well, the Olympics he’s always enjoyed, but it’s the ceremonies that are just near and dear to his heart, and just so, we were extra thrilled that he was selected to be part of that as well,” said Gary Pinkall, Bryan’s father.
He even had an Olympic themed birthday party as a kid, and now, he is helping to produce and direct the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.
“He would just sit at night on his bed and have books, empty notebooks, and where most kids would be outside playing, Bryan would be drawing opening ceremonies of the plans for his Olympics, and opening ceremonies,” said Michelle Pinkall, Bryan’s mother.
Pinkall is a native of Great Bend and currently is a voice instructor at Kansas State University.
He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance last year.