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Quest for Fire
May 14, 2001
The Salt Lake Winter Games are looking for 11,500 good torch-bearers for their 13,500-mile, 46-state Olympic torch relay. You can nominate a worthy candidate (including yourself) by writing a 100-word essay on the theme "Light the Fire Within" and submitting it to saltlake2002.com by May 15. Here's how we envision a few essays by sports figures.
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May 14, 2001

Quest For Fire

The Salt Lake Winter Games are looking for 11,500 good torch-bearers for their 13,500-mile, 46-state Olympic torch relay. You can nominate a worthy candidate (including yourself) by writing a 100-word essay on the theme "Light the Fire Within" and submitting it to saltlake2002.com by May 15. Here's how we envision a few essays by sports figures.

Andre Rison
"I would like to nominate my ex-girlfriend Lisa (Left Eye) Lopes. In 1994 she lit the fire within my suburban Atlanta mansion. Burned the place to the ground."

Mike Tyson
"My former promoter Don King would be a splendid choice. He was inspirational to me because he showed that a convicted felon and hellraiser could still achieve stupendous greatness. Just watch that he doesn't walk off with your torch."

Tom Hicks
"As owner of the Texas Rangers, I can think of no better candidate than my new shortstop, Alex Rodriguez. This fine young man has suffered through the turmoil of a 2,000-mile relocation, sacrificing what now looks to be a probable playoff spot (not to mention Seattle's excellent coffee)."

Sergei Fedorov
"I nominate Miss Anna Kournikova. So many of my fellow athletes carry a torch for her that I think she should return the favor."

Jason Williams
"Yo, check out my man Isaiah Rider. Like, playa knows how to light it up, if you know what I mean."

Mark Cuban (e-mail No. 257)
"Here's another great idea: portable DVD players for all 11,500 torchbearers! If I'm included, that is. Oh, and can I ride in the bobsled?;)"

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