Olympic flame rolls
Twin torch running
draws big crowd
Express Staff Writer
thousands of spectators lined the route of the Olympic Torch running
Saturday morning in Twin Falls, and a wave of patriotic mayhem trailed the
flame through the Southern Idaho City.
residents Rod Tatsuno and Dick Fosbury represented the Wood River Valley
as torch bearers in the event on day 52 of the torchís 65-day journey to
Salt Lake City.
spent most of the first three years of his life in Utah as a prisoner in
the Topaz detention camp for Japanese Americans during World War II.
Fosbury won an Olympic gold medal in high jumping in Mexico City in 1968
and became famous as the originator of the "Fosbury Flop," a
technique that revolutionized the sport and involves jumping with oneís
back to the bar.
celebration in Twin Falls followed events in Boise Friday and it continued
on to Pocatello and Idaho Falls Saturday.
organizers estimated that up to 30,000 people lined the parade route in
felt really good, especially after," Tatsuno said. "People were
waving American flags. That was kind of touching."
who ran with the names of Blaine County school children around his neck,
said he signed autographs for children and had his photo taken after
running the torch.
was an emotional experience," he said.
kind of a dream that I never really imagined before," Fosbury said.
"The closest thing that I can compare it to was when I came home from
the Olympics and had a parade in my honor. I really felt a buzz from all
the people who were there cheering. It was very emotional, very
Tatsuno were two of 223 Idahoans who carried the flame. Last week, Idaho
Rep. Mike Simpson entered all of those names in the congressional record.
the world will see record setting athletes in Salt Lake City, every day
Americans have been carrying the Olympic spirit across the United
States," Simpson told his fellow members of Congress.
torch carriers are everyday Idahoans who make Idaho a great place to live.
They are mothers, fathers, business owners, school children, Boy Scouts,
cancer survivors, volunteers and good Samaritans."