The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 11
Bad weather, war can't
stop lighting of torch
Field hockey celebration slated
for this afternoon at Cliff Keen
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP)
- The Olympic flame began its jour-
ney to Salt Lake City yesterday, carry-
ing hopes that the Winter Games can
bring solace to a nation in mourning
and at war.
The flame was displayed in a tradi-
tional ceremony among the ruins of the
ancient birthplace of the Olympics.
But clouds and rain prevented the rit-
ual lighting of the flame using the sun's
rays on a concave mirror. A flame ignit-
ed in the mirror during an earlier prac-
tice session was used instead. The flame
had been kept burning in lamps.
It was the third consecutive time -
dating to the 1998 Nagano Games -
that the torch was not lighted during the
official ceremony because of bad
weather in Ancient Olympia, about 135
miles southwest of Athens.
"The forebears of Olympians, of civi-
lization, of humanity looked beyond
themselves to find the source of great-
ness and of light. May we look to the
eternal source to guide our world
today," said Mitt Romney, head of Salt
Lake City organizing committee.
Greek actress Thalia Prokopiou, in
her role as high priestess during the cer-
emony, used the flame to light the Salt
Lake City torch at a grove of cypress
trees dedicated to Pierre de Coubertin,
the French baron who revived the
Olympics more than a century ago.
The first leg of the torch relay was
run by Lefteris Fafalis, a Greek cross-
The torch is scheduled to arrive in
Athens today and burn in the all-marble
Panathenian stadium, site of the first
modern Olympics in 1896.
The torch then heads by plane to
Atlanta on Dec. 3. The 65-day relay
- across the United States ends at the
opening ceremony in Salt Lake City on
Feb. 8. The route passes through all the
U.S. states except Minnesota, North
Dakota, South Dakota and Hawaii.
Police will also accompany the flame
in a sign of the heightened worries fol-
lowing Sept. 11, Romney said.
"The torch is an important symbol
which we wish to protect," said Rom-
ney, who was accompanied by Utah
Gov. Mike Leavitt and U.S. Olympic
Committee president Sandy Baldwin.
Ancient Olympia Mayor Giorgos
Aidonis hoped the torch relay will
"warm the hearts of people."
The president of the Greek Olympic
Committee, Lambis Nikolaou, said the
To commemorate the first
National Championship by a
women's team in Michigan history,
the Michigan Athletic Department
will host a celebration in honor of
the field hockey team this after-
noon at 2 p.m. in Cliff Keen Arena.
The 51 st team national title in
Michigan history came Sunday
afternoon when No. 7 Michigan
upset No. 1 Maryland in Kent,
Ohio. The 2-0 victory capped off
the Wolverines impressive run
through the NCAA Tournament.
This was Michigan's second
appearance in the national champi-
onship game in the past three years.
The Wolverines exacted revenge
this season on the Terrapins, who
beat Michigan 2-1 in the 1999 title*
Upsets carried Michigan through
the tournament this year as it
defeated No. 6 Princeton last Friday
en route to the title game. The
Wolverines also upset No. 4 North
Carolina at home in first round
action and intrastate rival Michigan
State to advance to the Final Four.
The athletic department will
honor players and coaches as they
will speak on their experiences and
memories from this season.
With each game in the tourna-
ment having a different heroine, the
athletic department will have plenty
of players to praise in the celebra-
Becoming the only player to
score in both of Michigan's champi-
onship game appearances, Jessica
Rose scored the final goals of both
games. Her first put Michigan on
the board in 1999 and her second
sealed the victory Sunday.
Senior goalkeeper Maureen
Tasch played an outstanding tourna-
ment capped off by her shutout in
the final game where she had 11
saves to give a high-powered Mary-
land team a goose egg on the score-
board. Tasch - in four games -
had 30 saves on 35 shots on target.
With two assists in the title game
and the assist on the game-winning
overtime goal against Michigan
State, sophomore defender Kristi
Gannon figured into three of the
biggest plays of the Michigan sea-
Helping Michigan get past North
Carolina and Princeton was sopho-
more April Fronzoni who recorded
four goals in those two games,
including her fourth career hat-trick
against the Tar Heels and the game-
winner against Princeton.
- Staff reports
War in the Middle East could not deter the tradition of the Olympic torch yesterday.
flame's long journey could convey a
spirit of unity "at a time when humanity
is shaken by tragic events."
He also announced that 17 foreign
ministers, including those of Israel and
the Palestinian Authority, had signed a
declaration in support of an Olympic
Truce during the Salt Lake City Games.
The effort - spearheaded by Greek
Foreign Minister George Papandreou
- seeks to revive the ancient tradition
of suspending conflicts during the
"Because of the tragic events of Sept.
11, we see this as the first time that the
world has come together to heal, that
fate has fallen upon Salt Lake City to
be the place and we will be ready,"
Romney said New York, Pennsylva-
nia and Washington D.C. will be main
stops for the torch "in tribute to fallen
citizens of the world, many redefining
heroism for me and my countrymen."
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