Saturday, October 27, 2001
Steamboat Springs Two-tenths of a mile is all a torchbearer will be asked to do, but the job of carrying Olympic pride more than 13,500 miles across the United States is something two locals are not taking lightly.
"I'm excited and honored," longtime Steamboat Springs resident Sue Lewis said.
Lewis, who was nominated by her nephew in Craig, is one of two torchbearers from Steamboat Springs who were selected to take part in the Olympic Torch Relay, which will kick off Dec. 4 in Atlanta.
Craig Conrad and Ricky Murr of Craig were also selected to help out by carrying the torch here in Colorado.
The torch's journey will take 65 days and wander through 46 states, including Alaska. Along the route, the torch will visit all the previous cities in the United States that have hosted Olympic Games, including Atlanta, Lake Placid, Los Angles, Squaw Valley and St. Louis.
This year's relay will draw on 11,500 torchbearers who will pass the torch every 320 meters, just about one time around the Steamboat Springs High School track, as they make their way across America en route to Salt Lake City.
"It's not like I have to go out and train," Steamboat runner Emily Conjura said. She was nominated to take part in the relay by her mother, who lives in New Jersey.
Conjura and Lewis just recently found out they were selected as official torchbearers.
"I never really thought about being a torchbearer, but it's something I will be proud to say I did," Conjura said.
The two are expected to carry the torch in the Glenwood Springs area. However, Lewis said their duty could fall anywhere within 300 miles of their home. Conjura said she knows she will carry the torch on Feb. 2 but still doesn't know where. Lewis traveled to Glenwood Springs Saturday to find out most of the details.