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Venus and Serena Part of Olympic Torch Relay <br />by Randy Walker

Serena (left) and Venus Williams show their gold medals.

Three months after facing each other in the final of the US Open, and just over 14 months after becoming the first sisters to win Olympic gold in tennis, Venus and Serena Williams will participate in the Olympic Torch Relay for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. The 2000 gold medalists in women's doubles will each run a leg of the Torch Relay in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at approximately 9:45 am. Serena will first run with the Olympic flame and then light the torch for her older sister.

The Olympic Torch Relay began Tuesday in Atlanta, site of the 1996 Olympic Games, with Muhammad Ali passing the torch to figure skater Peggy Fleming at the Torch Relay's Opening Ceremony. The relay will travel over 13,000 miles through 46 states for the next two months before culminating in the lighting of the Olympic cauldron in Salt Lake City, Utah on Feb. 8.

The Williams sisters became the first sisters to win Olympic gold in tennis at the 2000 Games in Sydney when they defeated Miriam Oremans and Kristie Boogert of the Netherlands in the gold medal match in women's doubles. Venus Williams, who also won gold in women's singles defeating Elena Dementieva of Russia in the gold medal match, is only the second woman to win Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles, joining 1924 Olympic singles and doubles champion Helen Wills.

American women have swept all gold medal opportunites in every Olympics since 1992. At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, Jennifer Capriati won Olympic gold in singles, while Mary Joe and Gigi Fernandez won gold in doubles. At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Lindsay Davenport won Olympic gold in singles, while Mary Joe and Gigi Fernandez repeated as doubles gold medalists.
 

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Isn't that tomorrow??? Ohhh! I gotta watch this <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> Serena lighting the flame!! That's just so great!! <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" />
 

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OMG! Is this going to be televised?! This is unbelievalbe! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
 

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Anyone knows if this is going to be on TV?? <img src="graemlins/drool.gif" border="0" alt="[Drool]" /> <img src="graemlins/drool.gif" border="0" alt="[Drool]" />
 

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doubtful that it will be on TV. We may catch a snippet on sportscenter or the news. Unless there's some weekend tv devoted to the Olympics that we don't know about.
 

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WOW awesome <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="cool.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" /> <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" /> <img src="graemlins/lick.gif" border="0" alt="[Lick]" /> <img src="cool.gif" border="0"> <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0"> <img src="tongue.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/angel.gif" border="0" alt="[Angel]" /> <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" /> <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" /> <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/angel.gif" border="0" alt="[Angel]" />
 

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WOW awesome <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="cool.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" /> <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" /> <img src="graemlins/lick.gif" border="0" alt="[Lick]" /> <img src="cool.gif" border="0"> <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0"> <img src="tongue.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> ::
 

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It should have been closer to Christmas, I'm going to Miami on the Dec 22 until Jan 1st for the holidays.
 

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Serena had it first and passed the flame to Venus. Venus was cute wearing a white toboggan <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

I was SO excited when I saw it! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 
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