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.
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI
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.