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Auburn’s War Eagle VI flies at the 2002 Olympics

It’s been 10 years, but let us look back on Tiger’s majestic flight at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

This, London, is how you open the Olympics: with an American Golden eagle circling the huddled masses, not dudes in Victorian costumes doing Miss Mary Mack.

“The organizers were very impressed with her ability, so they invited her to fly during the show,” Joe Shelnutt, then director of AU’s Raptor Center, said at the time. “Birds of prey such as Tiger are among the most popular forms of wildlife in the world. They have become flagship species to help bring attention to the need for research and conservation.”

Related: Auburn’s First Olympians.

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