Olympic Eagle

The hunt for War Eagle VI is over.  Rumors were proven correct as the magnificent bird soared through the air during the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. The eagle, nicknamed Tiger, flew around Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium during a part of the ceremony honoring Native Americans.

War Eagle VI is 23 years old, weighs 11 pounds and has an 7.5-foot wingspan. Auburn University's golden eagle mascot arrived last week in Salt Lake City for practice flights.

Reports indicate trainers also took the eagle to the Olympic site in December. Since the fall of 2000, the eagle has flown over Jordan-Hare stadium during home football games.