Monday, December 17, 2001

Torch celebration tonight at stadium




        Two thousand torch bearers and Olympics supporters are expected to watch and cheer tonight as the official Games flame begets yet another cauldron fire, this one outside Paul Brown Stadium, downtown.

        Cincinnati is the 25th U.S. city on a circuitous connect-the-dots route from Atlanta to Salt Lake City. In a 65-day journey, the celebration arrives in Dayton on Jan. 3, 17 days after its appearance in Cincinnati. In between, stops are scheduled in Charleston, W.Va., Pittsburgh, Martinsburg, W.Va., Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Providence, Boston, Lebanon, N.H., Lake Placid, N.Y., Syracuse, Buffalo, Cleveland and Columbus.

        Adding local flavor to a program scripted by the U.S. Olympic Committee are students from St. Rita School for the Deaf, who will sign the “Star Spangled Banner”; the Winton Woods Concert Choir and Varsity Ensemble; the Cincinnati Rhythm and Brass Band; and Rozzi fireworks. Local torchbearers, in uniform, will be introduced.

        Traveling equipment and exhibits include big-screen video, an interactive trailer for virtual reality ski jumping, hockey and figure skating, and Olympics memorabilia.

        Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken and Vice Mayor Alicia Reece will welcome the touring show and the Tristate people tapped to carry torches today and Tuesday.

        Official sponsors will be selling and promoting Coca-Cola, Chevrolets, the state of Utah and the 2002 Winter Olympics (caps, jackets, T-shirts, mugs, key chains).

        The program begins at 6 p.m. on Parking Lot D, just east of the stadium. Fireworks are scheduled for 7:27 p.m..

       



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