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Olympic torch coming to town

Staff reports

The Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola and Chevrolet, will travel through the Truckee area on Jan. 20, 2002.

The flame, which will travel more than 13,500 miles and pass through 46 U.S. states, will be carried by 11,500 torchbearers who embody the Olympic spirit by motivating their peers and communities.

“Torchbearers will be people from all walks of life who have inspired others, whether an individual or a community,” said Mitt Romney, President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee.

“What better way to honor those who have inspired us than to nominate them to carry this great symbol of the Olympic movement,” said Truckee Mayor Don McCormack. “It will be a great day for Truckee when we cheer on our friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches and loved ones as torchbearers.”

The torchbearer nomination program requires applicants to write an essay of 50 to 100 words that describes how they or their nominated person meets one or more of the following criteria: inspires others to greater achievement, has been a source of inspiration for his/her community, embody the spirit of the Olympic movement, and motivate others by encountering and overcoming adversity.

Approximately 100 community judging panels will be formed nationwide to judge SLOC nomination forms.

These judging panels will be comprised of local community service organizations, local business and political leaders, volunteers, educators and religious and youth leaders.

All torchbearers must meet the following qualifications: 12 years of age or older as of Dec. 4, 2001, physically able to complete the task of carrying the flame .2 miles, must be willing to travel outside of local community to carry the flame, must provide a street address for notification and cannot be candidates running for public office or elected officials.

There is no cost associated with carrying the Olympic Flame.

The nomination form was available at http://www.saltlake2002. com as of March 21. All nomination forms must be completed online or postmarked by May 15. Details of the program are available at http://www.coke.com or http://www.chevy.com.


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