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Olympic Torch Begins N.Y. Journey

December 23, 2001

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NEW YORK (AP) _ The Olympic torch made its way through the boroughs and streets of New York City on Sunday, carried by runners who lost family members and friends in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The torch was carried across Staten Island and into Brooklyn Sunday morning as part of the New York leg of its 46-state, 13,500-mile journey to the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Among the roughly 100 runners carrying the torch Sunday was Connor Geraghty, who lost his firefighter father in the World Trade Center attack, and Lyzbeth Glick.

Her husband, Jeremy, apparently was among passengers who struggled with hijackers aboard United Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11.

Sunday evening, a group of torchbearers was scheduled to board a ferry that would pass the Statue of Liberty and round the southern tip of Manhattan.

Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was expected to carry the torch later Sunday evening from a midtown pier to Rockefeller Center, where a candlelight ceremony was planned to honor the victims of the attacks.

The Olympic flame will be kept burning in a cauldron until Dec. 26, when the torch relay starts again, passing through the Bronx on its way to Connecticut.


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