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2002 Olympics torch runners sought

Calling all prospective Olympic torchbearers. National and local organizers of the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City hope they can activate the theme, “Light the Fire Within,” in the hopes of getting respondents to carry the symbol of unity, peace and human expression.

Here’s your chance to represent the community of South Lake Tahoe in style when the Olympic flame makes its way to the South Shore Jan. 20 from the 1960 host Squaw Valley on its 46-state, 65-day journey.

Forty South Lake Tahoe residents will be selected from three panels to each carry the torch two-tenths of a mile through town. The specific route has not been released but suggestions have been made that may include a trip up the Heavenly Ski Resort gondola.

Starting tomorrow, applications will be available online at http://www.coca-cola.com, www. chevy.com or http://www.saltlake2002.com, and at 4,300 Chevy dealerships and other participating locations.

In South Lake Tahoe, forms will be on hand at city and chamber offices and the public library.

Self or appointed nominations require a 50- to 100-word essay asking applicants to describe how their candidates inspire or motivate others, to overcome adversity or embody the Olympic spirit.

Torchbearers will be people from all walks of life, and those who inspire every day such as teachers are encouraged to apply. Politicians are not eligible.

Out of all eligible entries received by May 7, torchbearers will be announced by September. There is no charge to run.

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