My family is not the most athletic group of individuals. My personal crowning sports glory took place during my Sophomore year of high school when I was a super cool flag girl on Color Guard. My brother occasionally required the services of a pinch runner during his Little League days. Our dog, Missy (RIP, sweet girl) was more likely to be found rocking a protective cone collar than dashing through the field in pursuit of bunny prey.
Balancing us out: My grandpa Morty, who invented jogging, and my mom, Donna, who carried the torch in the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games. (Actually, Morty also carried the flame back in 1996.) Both were nominated as community heroes via Coca Cola, and both remember the .2-mile journey as one of the highlights of their lives…right alongside watching me hurl a 6.5-foot-tall metal flag pole into the atmosphere, swiftly execute a somersault and jump up in time to catch it without knocking myself unconscious.
With the Olympics just days away, I recently interviewed my mom and a few other women who have had the rare chance to carry the torch for espnW.com – check it out!