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12-19-2001

Clarkson Alumna Will Carry Olympic Torch With Father

Debbie Modrovsky Will Receive the Olympic Flame FromHer Father, Bob Allen, in Lake Placid

Clarkson University alumna Debbie Modrovsky ('83) decided to surprise her father, Lake Placid resident Bob Allen, by nominating him as a torchbearer in the Salt Lake City 2002 Torch Relay. But it was Modrovsky herself who was in for a big surprise when she learned that not only had her father been selected to carry the flame, but that she had as well. Modrovsky, a resident of Park City, Utah, will return to her hometown of Lake Placid on December 29 to receive the Olympic flame from her father who will pass it to her.

I nominated my father last May through the Salt Lake Olympic Committee website because he has done so much for amateur hockey and the Olympics in this region of the country, said Modrovsky. "My dad has been involved in promoting hockey my whole life and most of his. I wanted to honor him for all he has done for the sport and for the community. Based on what I wrote about my father, the Committee selected both of us to run as an inspirational pair. I am absolutely thrilled."

I am honored to be able to participate in this way, said Bob Allen. "And I am thrilled to pass the flame to Debbie. It will be wonderful to see the Olympic flame come through Lake Placid again."

The father-daughter pair are two of the 11,500 people across the United States who have been selected to carry the Olympic flame during its 13,500-mile journey from Atlanta to Salt Lake City. The 2002 Torch Relay began on December 4 and will pass through 46 states before reaching its final destination on February 8, for the opening ceremony of the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Games.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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