President Hinckley in Olympic Torch Handoff
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints has confirmed that LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley
will "hand-off" but not carry the Olympic Torch this week as it makes
its way to the Olympic Caldron at the University of Utah's Rice
Stadium. The 91-year-old Hinckley disclosed the plan himself in an
interview with the Salt Lake Tribune's Peggy Fletcher Stack.
Hinckley joked to Stack that "I just do what I'm told," and also
indicated that he will attend the Opening Ceremony on Friday and may
attend some of the events. LDS Church spokesman Bruce Olson says that
President Hinckley's role is just to handle the torch briefly, "He is
going to have it handed to him as it goes down the street, and
members of the First Presidency might also participate, but that has
not been fully determined yet," said Olson.
The exact date and time of President Hinckley's role wasn't disclosed.
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