February 13th, 2014

I Carried the Olympic Torch Through Boston (VIDEO)

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I carried the Olympic torch through the city of Boston for the 2002 Salt Lake City, Utah winter games.

I was 8 months pregnant.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about-the Olympic torch relay is the ceremonial relaying of the Olympic Flame from Olympia, Greece, to the site of the Olympic Games. It was first performed at the 1936 Berlin Games, and has taken place prior to every Games since.

How I was selected

My sweet brother submitted my story into a large pool of applicants and magically I was selected. He must have made up a pretty fantastic story.

It Almost Didn’t Happen

At the time, the torch carrying committee had a heated discussion about whether or not I could participate since one of the requirements for carrying the torch was running through the city. I was 8 plus months pregnant and could barely walk, let alone run. The committee thankfully decided that it was OK for me to participate. We were all assigned a running partner. My partner (I can’t remember his name) was amazing and agreed to walk with me.

My husband made a video way back when of my run (speed walk) through Boston with the Olympic torch. The quality of the video is pretty poor-remember it was in 2001. It’s hard to miss me in the video. I’m very pregnant and wearing a very purple Olympic outfit with my hair in two braids.


Do you know anyone who’s carried the Olympic torch? If you didn’t before, you do now!

photo credit: Welsh Government / Llywodraeth Cymru via photopin cc

24 Responses to “I Carried the Olympic Torch Through Boston (VIDEO)”

  1. So cool I didn’t know that. What a neat experience. I watched the Olympics last night for the first time and was reminded how incredible those athletes are.
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  2. Absolutely adorable!!
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  3. You are such a symbol of fortitude!

  4. This is adorable! I wasn’t sure at first if the older gentleman was going to let you have a turn holding the torch… Next time you do something Olympic-like, you should hire me to shoot your video:)
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  5. It was an understandably emotional moment for all those present to witness. My sister lives in Boston and saw it first-hand. She couldn’t hold back her tears of joy.

  6. What an awesome memory! You don’t look 8 months pregnant at all.

  7. I was HUGE Anna. My son was born three weeks later.

  8. So cool! What an experience – and to be 8 months pregnant!!!!

  9. Thanks Effie. It was pretty cool. I was HUGE!

  10. It was a cold and emotional time for all of us James. A lot of people came out to watch and there were plenty of inspirational people walking/running.

  11. Thanks Anne. He was such a sweet man. I know-the video was a bit shaky. It was cold and the parade was long!

  12. Why thank you Mary! You’re not so bad yourself 🙂

  13. Thanks Micaela!

  14. It really was a great experience. The athletes are incredible- I constantly think about what they had to do to get to the Olympics. Mind boggling!

  15. This is filled with a whole lotta awesome….especially that baby belly!!
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  16. so great! What a memory. 🙂

  17. And it was a BIG baby belly!

  18. Sounds like such a fun experience! I’ve been watching the Olympics a lot more than I did in previous years, and am astonished at what they accomplish… things that don’t seem humanely possible! Guess that’s why it’s called the Olympics 🙂

  19. Very cool. I attended those games and my sister worked for the committee for a couple of years until the games were over. SLC is my hometown 🙂
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  20. P.S. That is NOT what I look like 8 months pregnant.
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  21. I had no idea you were from SLC Betsy. So cool that you were at the games!

  22. Ha! I truly was huge and the purple sweat suit didn’t help.

  23. What I meant was, you don’t look that big to me. That’s what I looked like 4 months pregnant 🙂
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  24. I knew what you meant! Thanks Betsy 🙂 I’m sure you looked beautiful when you were pregnant.

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