Dedicated: Valley man will carry Olympic torch
October 1, 2001
Glen Lucky didn’t believe his mom when she told him he was chosen to carry the Olympic torch for the 2002 winter games in Salt Lake City.
“I thought she was joking at first,” he said. “Then I realized she was not joking and I was very excited.”
Lucky, 48, of Indian Hills, is well-known in the area for his daily bicycle rides from his home into Carson City.
His bicycle, which has a license plate that says “MYHOG,” tows a trailer bearing advertising from Carson City merchants.
Lucky, who has had cerebral palsy since he was 1, earns money by advertising.
Carrying the Olympic torch is an honor for Lucky, who has lived in Indian Hills for 19 years.
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“It feels great to be one of those chosen,” he said.
Lucky, who will hold the torch while using his walker, is dedicating the journey to four groups of people.
“My walk is dedicated to my mom and dad, my best friend Lynette Jackson, the victims and families in New York City and Washington, D.C., and the late Dale Earnhardt, number 3,” Lucky said.
Maggie Kersten, a third-grade teacher at Jacks Valley Elementary School, suggested Lucky as a torchbearer.
“My kids and I see him riding by every day on his bike,” she said.
Kersten wrote an essay to the Chevrolet Company, sponsor of the 2002 Olympic Torch Relay, suggesting Lucky as an ideal torchbearer.
“I have a sister with cerebral palsy, and after I saw what he does every day, I realized it takes so much will to do what he does,” Kersten said.
Lucky is not sure when and where he will carry the 33-inch-long torch.
While the Olympic Committee has hinted at a January date, Lucky should know within two to three weeks.
“It could be in Douglas County, Sparks or Stateline,” said his mother, Peggy Lucky.
The Olympic Torch Relay begins Dec. 4 in Atlanta and will travel 13,500 miles through 46 states before arriving in Salt Lake City.
During its 65-day cross-country trip, the torch will make its way through cities such as Lake Placid, N.Y., Detroit, Mich., St. Louis, Mo. and Los Angeles, Calif.
One of 11,500 torchbearers, Lucky will carry the torch for 100 yards.
“It is history in the making and with what happened in New York and (Washington) D.C. it makes me more proud to be an American,” Lucky said.
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