Bullets' Howard to carry Olympic torch in relay, but wants chance at team, too

April 03, 1996|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF

BOWIE -- If Washington Bullets forward Juwan Howard could have his way, he'd be standing alongside the likes of Scottie Pippen and Hakeem Olajuwon as a proud representative of the United States during the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

With just two spots open on the U.S. team, that's unlikely to happen. But Howard will have a special Olympic moment this summer. He will be one of thousands to participate in the torch relay, which will begin in Los Angeles on April 27 -- the day the torch arrives in the United States from Greece. The relay will end on July 19 in Atlanta, the opening day of the Summer Games.

Torch bearers are scheduled to run approximately one kilometer.

"It's a great honor to be chosen, and I'm very appreciative," Howard said. "I think I want to carry it straight to the White House and hand it off to President Bill Clinton. I don't want to do too much running. I want to save my legs."

Before Howard gets to run through Washington, the torch will spend two days in Maryland, June 20 and 21. There will be 103 runners in Maryland, where the torch will travel through Baltimore and Annapolis before heading into Washington.

Pub Date: 4/03/96

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