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Truckee ready for Olympic torch

Staff reports

Get ready for the Olympic Torch Relay as it travels through Truckee on its way to the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Spectators will be lining up early on Donner Pass Road for the Torch Relay procession, set for Sunday, Jan. 20.

The torch will be arriving in Truckee at about 10 a.m. and leave for Olympic Valley at 11:30 a.m. A complete schedule and map will appear in next week’s Sierra Sun.

Festivities will begin at Donner Memorial State Park with a celebration that will commemorate Truckee’s past Olympians.

Torch relay sponsors Coca Cola and Chevrolet will kick off their Truckee convoy that will include six different stops along Truckee’s route.

The pre-torch caravan will pump up the crowd with free commemorative items tossed out at the following stops: Donner West End boat ramp, Donner Memorial State Park, Tahoe Truckee School District parking lot, DMV parking lot, Hospital Administration parking lot and the Truckee Depot parking lot. The caravan starts half an hour prior to the torch relay.

Other festivities will take place leading up to and encompassing the torch relay.

Local residents are invited to attend the premiere of “On The Road to Utah!” by world-renowned sports filmmaker and seven-time Emmy winner Bud Greenspan.

This series of film stories provides a moving portrait of the Olympic Games and a compelling view of the long and difficult, but fulfilling road to Olympic glory. Serving as the perfect backdrop to the passage of the Torch from hand to hand and city to city, these Bud Greenspan films are being presented to the public for the first time in this unique way and are the perfect preface to the upcoming 2002 Winter Games.

Included in the show are short segments including: Opening Ceremonies, Lillehammer; Men’s Downhill, Nagano; Billy Fiske; Discover Utah; Bonnie Blair; and Closing Ceremonies, Nagano.

Show times are at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. Jan. 18D22 at the Donner Memorial State Park Theater.

Be a part of history. Celebrate the 2002 Olympic Games and support Truckee’s Torchbearers by attending this festive event.

Shuttles will be available from various parking lots.

For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce office at (530) 587-2757.