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By Kent Larsen
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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.


Olympic Briefs: Hinckley in Relay
Salt Lake Tribune 2Feb02 N2
By Peggy Fletcher Stack: Salt Lake Tribune

Pres. Hinckley to handle torch
Deseret News 3Feb02 N2


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