Two Cauldrons Burning
For the first time in Winter Olympic history, a second Olympic cauldron is burning. The Hero's Cauldron was lit Saturday night at the Medals Plaza.
(Feb. 9, 2002)------The Hero's Cauldron, like the one at Rice Eccles Olympic Stadium, will burn throughout the Olympics. News Specialist Sandra Yi reports.
Saturday night, flag bearers from each of the Olympic Games from 1960 to 2002 carried the flame, in a smaller version of the torch run.
One of the torchbearers was former Olympic speedskater Richard McDermott, who carried the American Flag during the 1968 Opening Ceremonies. McDermott also won a gold medal in long track speedskating that year.
On South Temple, he handed the flame off to former Olympic speedskater Dianne Holum, who carried the flag four years later in 1972.
In all, ten flag bearers had the honor of carrying the flame to its final destination.
This torch run didn't attract as many spectators as the original, but people who saw it say it was just as exciting.
Kathy Mays says, "We just happened to be up here. We didn't know it was going to be here. We saw the excitement going on, and we were going, 'Yeah!' because we were looking for Olympic excitement!"
The flame made its way to the Medals Plaza just after 8:00 Saturday evening.
U.S. speedskater and five-time Olympian Amy Peterson, who carried the American flag during Friday night's Opening Ceremonies, ran the torch into the Medals Plaza.
Olympic organizers says they planned this torch ceremony because they want the Olympic flame to burn at the same place athletes receive their medals.
This is the first time in Winter Olympic history a second cauldron has been lit.