December 28, 2001

San Diego, Chula Vista and Coronado Announce Local Olympic Torch Relay Celebrations

San Diego, Chula Vista and Coronado have announced a number of local events to be held on Jan. 14, celebrating the passage of the Olympic Torch Relay through San Diego County. On that date, the Olympic Flame will make stops in Chula Vista, Coronado and San Diego as part of its 13,500-mile journey to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. The Olympic Flame will travel portions of its route through the San Diego region in a specially designed "cauldron truck," and will be hand-carried through the remainder of the route by more than 60 Torchbearers who were selected through a local nomination process in mid-2001.

Chula Vista will be the first local city to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay, with a public ceremony featuring entertainment, Olympians and resident athletes at the ARCO/U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC), from 10-11 a.m. The Olympic Flame is scheduled to arrive at the USOTC at 10:40 a.m. where it will remain on display for 15 minutes. In addition to the public ceremony, a fundraising "Breakfast with Champions" featuring four-time Olympic gold medallist Janet Evans, will be held at the USOTC from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Tickets for the fundraiser cost $200 each, and can be purchased by calling 619-656-1500. After departing the Olympic Training Center in eastern Chula Vista, the Flame will be carried by Torchbearers through nearly four miles of downtown Chula Vista before departing for Coronado.

In Coronado, the Olympic Torch Relay will make its way through streets lined with pennants made by Coronado's youth, before arriving at Spreckels Park where a lunch-time celebration will be held from 1-3 p.m. Coronado will host a small "hometown" celebration event with entertainment provided by local schools and community groups. Service clubs will sponsor the food and beverage concession. Local dignitaries will join the Olympic Committee representatives for official presentations, announcements, and to emcee the show. The Olympic Flame is expected to arrive at approximately 1:45 p.m. and will be on display until 2:15 p.m. before continuing on to San Diego.

The Olympic Torch Relay will travel through more than 11 miles of city streets within the City of San Diego. The route will encompass downtown San Diego, Old Town, Mission Hills, Hillcrest and Balboa Park. A "mini" celebration and Flame rest stop will take place at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park from 4:35-4:50 p.m. The Flame will come to rest at an end of day Community Celebration at Embarcadero Park North. The Celebration site will feature a number of activities including a Celebration stage and video wall along with interactive activities provided by Olympic Sponsors. The Community Celebration will take place from 3-7 p.m. It is anticipated that the Olympic Torch will arrive at the Celebration site at 6:25 p.m.

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