Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012


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Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012

Postby Guest » Sat Aug 30, 2003 11:32 pm

Note the question mark after New York, for they haven't gotten the bid, yet. But still makes for good discussion:

1) Jackie Joyner Kersee
2) Carl Lewis (let the lobbying begin?)
3) Michael Johnson
4) Janet Evans
5) Greg Louganis
6) Mark Spitz
7) Marion Jones
8) Oscar DeLaHoya
9) Edwin Moses
10) Members of the original Dream Team huddled together, with Magic and Michael having the biggest grip of the torch. Yes, I'm dreaming, but...(let the Nike lobbying begin? Ha, ha!)

Peace.
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Re: Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012

Postby DentyCracker » Sat Aug 30, 2003 11:42 pm

I suspect it would have to be a native New Yorker
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Re: Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012

Postby Guest » Sun Aug 31, 2003 12:47 am

It'll be something sappy,like a fireman
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Re: Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012

Postby Guest » Sun Aug 31, 2003 2:57 am

>It'll be something sappy,like a fireman

I believe that a torchlighter has to have won a gold medal. Unless you could find a NYC firefigher who stood on the top of an Olympic podium, I don't think it's happening. Just my view. Peace.
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Re: Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012

Postby Guest » Sun Aug 31, 2003 3:03 am

It ain't gonna happen. Coca Cola may have been able to buy the games for Atlanta in 1996, but 2012 will be in London or Paris.
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Re: Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012

Postby michael lewis » Sun Aug 31, 2003 5:43 am

"believe that a torchlighter has to have won a gold medal."

Cathy Freeman lit in Sydney, she hadn't won her gold yet.
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Re: Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012

Postby niemand » Sun Aug 31, 2003 9:21 am

At the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary the torch was lit by a 12 year-old girl called Robin Perry. She was an age-group figure skater whi symbolized all kids who hoped to one day participate in the Olympics. (She dropped out of sport a couple of years later, never having accomplished much in the way of athletic success).

So it could be anyone, and "something sappy like a firema" is a good guess. Btw I have always wondered why people took up collections, bought T-shirts etc in memory of the uniformed men and women who were doing their jobs, instead of victims like dishwashers at the Top of the World or secretaries or courier bikers, etc.
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Re: Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012

Postby MJR » Sun Aug 31, 2003 10:00 am

If Al Oerter is still alive then, I hope he is, then to not have him do it would be a terrible insult.
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Re: Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012

Postby Guest » Sun Aug 31, 2003 12:54 pm

In my view Al is the best ever US atlete. 4 olympic golds are just awesome and your right, it would be an insult if he didn't light it. This man's a machine.
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Re: Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012

Postby DentyCracker » Sun Aug 31, 2003 1:48 pm

My namesake Raefer Johnson, oops he lit it in '84 :D
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Re: Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012

Postby michael lewis » Sun Aug 31, 2003 2:14 pm

How about Evelyn Ashford? She singlehandedly reignited US women's sprinting glory after a decade of records (and Americans) being crushed by fakes from Eastern Europe. She was the first clean athlete ever to go under both the 11 and 22 second barriers. No man can claim being first under both 10 and 20 (especially in the same season). She was twice World Cup champ at both 100/200, beating 2 East German World Record holders in Montreal '79 and the Olympic 200 champ in Rome '81. This would be like winning 2 WC doubles today. She was Olympic 100 Champ in '84, was first woman under 10.80 with two world records (83 and 84) and won 3 consecutive 4x100 golds in LA, Seoul and Barcelona. She won 100 silver behind Flojo (we'll leave that one alone) and is tied with the legendary Fanny Blanker-Koen as the woman with the most Olympic Gold medals (4) ever.
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Re: Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012

Postby Guest » Sun Aug 31, 2003 3:19 pm

>>>believe that a torchlighter has to have won a
>gold medal. >>

Not really: that's how Steve Prefontaine (sic) got to light the torch in '76, a year after he died! (no,really)
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Re: Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012

Postby Guest » Sun Aug 31, 2003 3:30 pm

>How about Evelyn Ashford? She singlehandedly
>reignited US women's sprinting glory after a
>decade of records (and Americans) being crushed
>by fakes from Eastern Europe. She was the first
>clean athlete ever to go under both the 11 and 22
>second barriers. No man can claim being first
>under both 10 and 20 (especially in the same
>season). She was twice World Cup champ at both
>100/200, beating 2 East German World Record
>holders in Montreal '79 and the Olympic 200 champ
>in Rome '81. This would be like winning 2 WC
>doubles today. She was Olympic 100 Champ in '84,
>was first woman under 10.80 with two world
>records (83 and 84) and won 3 consecutive 4x100
>golds in LA, Seoul and Barcelona. She won 100
>silver behind Flojo (we'll leave that one alone)
>and is tied with the legendary Fanny Blanker-Koen
>as the woman with the most Olympic Gold medals
>(4) ever.

I thought about putting her on the list. In fact, I'll take Oscar DeLaHoya off the list and put her.

A native New Yorker on the list: Robert Beamon. Born in Jamaica, Queens, New York. Y'all know what he did.

I still have JJK as my top candidate.
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Re: Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012

Postby Guest » Sun Aug 31, 2003 4:15 pm

Not only is Al Oerter a four time gold medal
winner, but he too, is a native New Yorker.
It has to be him!
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Re: Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012

Postby Guest » Sun Aug 31, 2003 9:05 pm

Thats the way. Big Al was the best athlete, best competitor and best medal winner for the US. Cross the glory boys and girls off the list, this man did it all. Bob Beamon 2nd place. Nelson Mandela third, if he 's still alive !!!!
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Re: Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012

Postby Guest » Mon Sep 01, 2003 4:55 am

I could see London, but definitely not Paris. The fans there would never be quiet for the gun and they booed other nations athletes. New York deserves it way more than Paris.
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Re: Who Lights The Torch In New York? 2012

Postby Guest » Mon Sep 01, 2003 7:04 am

hi dan...i'm with you!
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