Smithsburg High School student to carry torch

November 27, 2001

Smithsburg High School student to carry torch

Editor's note: This is one in a series of features highlighting Tri-State area residents selected to carry the Olympic Torch on Dec. 20 on a course through Washington County and Martinsburg, W.Va. More than 20 local residents from Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania have been chosen.


SMITHSBURG - When friends Tara Knable and Lauren Richards watched a commercial seeking runners for the 2002 Olympic Torch Relay, they thought it would be a kick to nominate each other.

They never dreamed that one of them would be given the honor of carrying the Olympic flame when it traveled through Hagerstown Dec. 20.

"We thought we had a one-in-a-million chance," said Knable, 15.

Knable was notified by Olympic Torch Relay organizers recently that she was to run a leg of the relay in Washington County, but Richards wasn't selected.


"It would have been fun to run together," Knable said.

"I'm not too disappointed," said Richards in an e-mail Tuesday. "I think Tara will get more out of it than me and it really feels great to help her do something she really wants."

Richards said she nominated Knable because of her positive attitude, generosity and determination. "Tara seems to be the most well-rounded person I know," Richards said.

Richards, a senior at Smithsburg High School, said Knable "always has a way of making you smile when you weren't having one of your best days and when you're having a good day, she just simply made it better."

At Smithsburg High, Knable participates in volleyball, basketball and track.

The Olympics represents the pinnacle in athletic achievement and carrying the torch for the U.S. will be an honor, Knable said.

Knable is the daughter of Wanda and Ronald Knable of Cascade.

The torch will stop in downtown Hagerstown on its way from Cumberland, Md., to Martinsburg, W.Va.

Someone carrying the torch will arrive in Public Square at about 3:30 p.m. After about 15 or 20 minutes, the torch will continue on its way to West Virginia.

The Olympic torch's 13,500-mile trip through 46 states will end in Salt Lake City in February, in time for the 2002 Winter Games.

The ceremony in Hagerstown probably will begin at about 3 p.m., before the torch arrives. The Olympic torch is expected to reach Edwin Miller Boulevard, near the Comfort Inn north of Martinsburg, at about 5 p.m.

About 65 people have been announced as torch bearers in Cumberland, Hagerstown and Martinsburg so far.

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