Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Gold medalist delivers Olympic torch to Ashley O'Rear, praises Waxahachie teen for being inspiration to others

Daily Light Editor

     Representatives of the U.S. Olympic Committee traveled to Waxahachie on Monday to honor an Olympic torchbearer.
     Fourteen-year-old Ashley O'Rear was presented with the first Olympic torch that will be used to help carry the Olympic flame to the 2002 winter games in Salt Lake City.
     The torch was presented to Ashley by 1998 Olympic free style gold medalist Nikki Stone. Stone's visit to Waxahachie was arranged by the Clayton Dabney Foundation benefitting children with cancer.
     The U.S. Olympic Committee selected Ashley to be an official torchbearer in October for her courage and inspiration to others. She will carry the Olympic flame as it passes through Dallas on Dec. 12.
     Laying on the sofa with her eyes closed, Ashley motioned with her left arm for her mom

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