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Local torchbearers to be announced

Selections for prospective 2002 Olympic torchbearers are expected to be made by next month, Salt Lake City Organizing Committee officials confirmed this week.

Three judging committees are reading essays from Lake Tahoe residents wishing to carry the symbol of unity, peace and human expression. Forty South Shore residents will be chosen to run the torch two-tenths of a mile through town in January.

The torch makes its way here from 1960 host Squaw Valley on its 46-state, 65-day journey. Half a world away, the flame will be ignited by the sun’s rays in Athens, Greece, before making its 13,500-mile trip from coast to coast.

The theme for February’s Olympic Games is “Light the Fire Within.”

What started out as a flicker of torchbearer interest from the Lake Tahoe Basin months ago turned into a torrent of heartwarming letters – many sent at the last minute, committee spokesman Mark Walker said Monday.

South Shore residents Kathleen Farrell and Paul Middlebrook, who carried the torch in 1984, described the event as one of the most rewarding of their lives.

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