What one must do to get to carry Olympic torch

April 24, 2001|By June Arney | June Arney,SUN STAFF

The Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games and the city yesterday announced the nomination process for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay, which is expected to bring the flame to Baltimore on Dec. 22.

To become a torchbearer, the SLOC requires applicants to write an essay of 50 to 100 words that describes why they or their nominee should be chosen. Candidates may have inspired others to great achievement, been a source of inspiration in the community, embodied the inspirational spirit of the Olympic movement or motivated others by encountering and overcoming adversity.

Baltimore's portion of the relay is organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Washington-Baltimore Regional 2012 Coalition, which is working to bring the 2012 Summer Olympics to the area.

Some 11,500 torchbearers will be part of the 2002 Olympic Torch relay.

SLOC nomination forms are available at www.saltlake2002.com until Monday. All nomination forms must be completed online or postmarked by May 15. Nominees must be 12 or older as of Dec. 4, 2001, and have a parental consent form if under 18, sign a SLOC waiver and publicity release form and be physically able to carry the flame for a distance of 0.2 miles. Nominees cannot be elected officials or candidates for public office.

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