Residents’ son named Olympic torch bearer |

Residents’ son named Olympic torch bearer

— Keith Severson, son of locals James and Anne Severson, will pick up the Olympic torch and run with it today in California.

Severson will carry the torch for two-tenths of a mile while running alongside the Carmell Mission in Carmell, Calif.

“We’re just so excited,” Anne Severson said of her son’s being chosen to carry the torch.

Severson is one of 11,000 runners bearing the torch to Salt Lake City.

“I certainly feel that it’s a

once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Severson said.

He got the chance to participate in the torch run through the company he works for, Granite Rock.

Severson is 45, but the torch run should not be too difficult for him.

He runs frequently and has competed in marathons, his mother said.

He also feels privileged to be carrying the torch as an American in “emotionally charged times.”

For the Seversons, the 2002 Olympics is a family affair.

Keith’s younger brother, Chris Severson, will help film the ski jumping and Nordic combined events, and his father will be a starter for the Nordic combined.

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