A week-long celebration of the Olympic spirit

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2002

The following is a list of some of the events happening in Juneau this week in celebration of the Olympic Torch Relay's first visit to Alaska.

• Ongoing - Olympic Torch Relay displays are posted at the Juneau Library downtown and at Centennial Hall. In addition, Olympic Torch Relay T-shirts, hats, pins and stickers are available for sale at the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation office in City Hall and at the Boys and Girls Club of Juneau.

• Saturday, Jan. 19 - Olympic Torch Relay kick-off party, all day (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at Nugget Mall. Events include bottle ring toss and 12-pack stacking contests, a chance for children to build their own torches, dance performances from the Janice Holst Dancers, a chance to meet local Special Olympians and former Olympic silver medalist Hilary Lindh of Juneau (Lindh's appearance is tentative). Also, the Olympic Torch Relay's route in Juneau will be explained and people can meet some of the local Olympic torchbearers. Most of the bigger Olympic Torch Relay special events will take place about 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Sunday, Jan. 20 - Eaglecrest Ski Area celebrates the Olympic Torch Relay, activities start about 4:30 p.m. at the Eaglecrest day lodge. Events include after-ski snacks and a video about the Olympic spirit that gives the background on the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the Olympic Torch Relay. The highlight, though, is Eaglecrest's own torchlight parade and light display that starts about 5:15 p.m.

• Thursday, Jan. 24 - The Olympic Torch Relay comes to Juneau, the Olympic flame leaves the Juneau Airport at 8:30 a.m. and will make its way to Juneau's main celebration at Centennial Hall. Centennial Hall opens at 10 a.m., with an overview of the Olympic Torch Relay and the Olympic Games, and songs from the Alaska Youth Choir and the Juneau-Douglas High School Chorale. The Alaska Flag Song will be performed by Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, there will be presentations from Mayor Sally Smith and other dignitaries (including Gov. Tony Knowles and Olympic silver medalist Hilary Lindh of Juneau), several videos about the Olympic Torch Relay and the grand entrance of the Olympic torch about 11 a.m. After the ceremony ends, there will be refreshments, music and more torch relay videos, and a chance for people to meet all the torchbearers. The torch will be taken for photo opportunities at Mendenhall Glacier, with Lindh, before it is put on the plane for Spokane, Wash.

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