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Georgia Cyclist Will Carry the Olympic Torch

by Warren T

Congratulations to Bonnie Bobbitt of Fayetteville, GA! This fellow cyclist will be carrying the Olympic Torch on it’s route to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Bonnie will be one of 80 Americans to carry the Olympic Flame during the San Francisco leg of the Relay, the only U.S. stop during the torch’s world tour.

“Judy Jaeger, a friend from Bobbitt’s sorority alumni group, nominated Bobbitt because of her dedication to cycling and bicycle safety.”

Also from the article:

“As a cycling enthusiast, Bobbitt has spent the past eight years advocating for government funding to increase bicycle safety and awareness in the metro-Atlanta area.

In 2002, she successfully lobbied for the reinstatement of federal funding for a multi-use path. Nearly a year later she uncovered an opportunity for transportation funding for the city of Fayetteville.

Working with local officials, Bobbitt led the charge in increasing the “Share the Road” signage throughout Fayette County.

Additionally, Bobbitt helped put together and distribute the “Georgia Bicycle Law Enforcement Pocket Guide,” which consolidates all of Georgia’s bicycle laws for police and cyclists alike.”

Bonnie will be jogging with the torch … and I guess that makes sense:

“The bike might not be the right size and it’s tough to carry things while riding. Also San Francisco is very hilly,” Bobbitt explained. “The last thing I would want to do is wreck with the Olympic Torch.”

 
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21 Responses to “Georgia Cyclist Will Carry the Olympic Torch”

  1. Fritz says:

    We’re all expecting fireworks this afternoon in San Francisco as the torch passes through The City. a group of people I know are traveling up there later this morning specifically to watch the protests. Golden Gate Bridge officials are checking bags on pedestrians, the torch route is unannounced and secret, and the protests leading up to the torch run are the most impressive I’ve ever seen.

  2. Noah says:

    A little-known fact: My great grandfather (my mother’s paternal grandfather) was, at the time the oldest man to carry the Olympic torch at the age of 99. He died at age 107. We still have a commemorative torch in the family somewhere. Every torch bearer gets an official replica to keep.

    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9906E1DB143BF93AA15756C0A962948260

  3. wtf says:

    What, pray tell, are they protesting? The fact that China gets it this year?

  4. Fritz says:

    I don’t know — this little thing in Tibet where Chinese troops have killed hundreds of buddhist monks has only been front page news for the past two or three weeks, after all.

  5. wtf says:

    Feh. Real news? CBB is just a fatfinger away from CNN. Thanks fritz

  6. John says:

    I can only pine to be in SF today. We don’t see people in America standing up for much any more. This should be very good.

  7. fixedgear says:

    She might wanna wear a bike helmet anyway, despite the fact that she’s not riding a bike. It’s a honor to carry the torch, but China crushing Tibetians is a travesty. Too bad. I’ll be the six mile Emarcadero route get shortened even further. No Fillmore or Taylor streets for these folks.

  8. Fritz says:

    I just read Bonnie’s last quote about San Francisco being “very hilly.” The torch route as originally planned is along the Embarcadero to Fisherman’s Wharf, which is all flat has a pancake and a lovely boulevard for cycling on. Here’s the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building.

  9. Mike Myers says:

    I wouldn’t carry that torch this time if they begged me to do it. What China is doing in Tibet AND to its own people is wrong. China is one of the worst human rights violators on Earth. If our president had any balls he would pull our team immediately unless China withdraws from Tibet. But he doesn’t, and we won’t.

  10. Jon Anderson says:

    BICYCLES UNLIMITED AND THE ANDERSON FAMILY LOVE YOU ALWAYS. YOU ARE A CREDIT TO OUR COUNTY, STATE AND COMMUNITY AND THE GOOD OLD USA!!! BE PROUD, STAND TALL. YOU HAVE A HUG FROM US WHEN YOU RETURN HOME!!!!!!!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I have a hard time wrapping my head around the whole Tibet issue regarding China. Or Taiwan for that matter. By international recognition, these are provinces of China, part of ROC. Taiwan since the 1600s except for brief occupation by Japan, Tibet since the 1950s. In Tibet, forces are causing civil unrest there and the gov’t has gone in to quell such disturbances. I can certainly see why those protesting gov’t issues over there have a lot to shout about, but not so much anyone outside their country.

    As late as 1971, the USA and UK were forcibly relocating populations away from their lands in order to seize strategic real estate. The US has more people and a greater percentage of population in prison than communist China. How can any US citizen point a finger at the Chinese and complain about human rights abuses when there’s as much or more to protest right here? How can we tell them to clean up their act when our own backyard is a mess? Iraq, Guantanamo, the list is endless…

    Also, the last time any US state made an attempt at independence, there was a civil war–what do you think would happen if there was ever a mass movement for one state’s independence here? Lots of calm discussion, or swarming jack-booted-thugs? How is Tibet any different?

    And someone, anyone tell me how, HOW did “Free Tibet” go from a CIA clandenstine operation in the 60s to a countercultural fad in the 80s?

    I’d love to think that for all the people lined up to protest, not one of them own anything that says “Made in China” on it, but I’m guessing that those people would be in the minority even in that crowd.

    Just not sure what the goal is here–protest something you don’t have any direct say in? Wouldn’t it be better to try effecting change locally, first?

  12. Mike C says:

    ^^^didn’t mean to post that anonymously…

  13. JoelGuelph says:

    Mike,
    I agree with you completely, especially the Made in China part. I don’t see people lining up to protest at their local Wal-Mart. If you want to have an effect on China, stop buying Chinese products, don’t ruin the dreams of thousands of athletes, most of whom have spent their whole lives training for this opportunity.

  14. Mike Myers says:

    I don’t buy Chinese products or shop at Wal-Mart—-but athletes going to this dog and pony show, while the Chinese are slaughtering monks in the street, is wrong.

    The Olympics are a political event. The only way to show them their behavior is inappropriate is to hit them in the pocketbook. Having major Olympic teams not show up to the games would do that. Imagine if China spent billions to revamp Beijing, only to have the US not show up. Or Britain, France, Germany, etc.

    But no, we’ll send out team, making our claims of “supporting democracy” even more hollow. God forbid some athletes not get a chance to compete for a gold medal. That’s MUCH more important than the lives of Tibetans or Chinese. Sheesh.

  15. Mike Myers says:

    Edit—-I mean, I actively TRY not to buy Chinese products. It’s difficult.

  16. bikesgonewild says:

    …very erudite dissertation, mike c,,,

    …so your point would be that if one or two parties are wrong, then we should find it acceptable for all parties to be wrong ???…there are many people in this world who morally can’t accept human rights violations by any government whether it’s their own or not…
    …is there a schematic for just how much disinformation can be utilized by particular forms of government ???…the concept (it’s just a form of advertising, right ?) is used by every government in the world to varying degrees of success & effect related to their motives…it’s obvious how it’s used here at home to foment an edge of fear & it’s been proven that the major communistic states have used it to keep great majorities of citizens in deplorable ignorance & fear…
    …it’s disingenuous of any intelligent human being, knowing full well how quickly & effectively protestations are quelled in a totalitarian environment, to not understand that response from outside sources helps raise awareness…

    …there are plenty of overtly repressive regimes in this world, but none so populated & economically influential as a rising china… the opportunity to utilize more technologically enlightened growth models seems of little consequence to the chinese government…tibet provides both an as yet untapped source of raw materials for that unregulated growth & ultimately a strategic military position…but oppression is their key to control all the factors…

    …so while trying to affect change locally is a sensible idea & a damn good place to start, the locals in tibet & china (& burma & darfur) are largely unheard or recognized by their controllers…so maybe this is a case where indirect input will help…

  17. redcliffs says:

    Just to respond to one point… The problem is that the Olympics are not just political, nor are they just athletic. I think the efficacy of Olympic boycotts is dubious from a political standpoint, and it certainly doesn’t represent the interests of the athletes — I’m confident that if the USOC reminded athletes that they were welcome to stage a personal boycott and step down from the US team that not one participant would take the USOC up on it. Having the president stay away from the opening ceremonies has some marginal symbolic significance, I suppose, but why don’t they stay away from the whole thing, then? And why does the president even go? Another question for another day, that. If the USOC or US government wanted to make an immediate statement, I’m sorry that they didn’t cancel the torch visit to SFO — I was actually quite surprised that Gavin Newsome didn’t make a stink (though maybe he did and I never heard about it).

  18. Fritz says:

    Redcliffs, there was a lot of discussion about canceling the US visit in San Francisco, but in the end I guess they decided that the Olympics are more about the athletes and the ideals, not about China.

  19. Warren T says:

    “We return you now to our regularly scheduled bicycle programming.”

  20. bikesgonewild says:

    …sorry, warren t…i know this was your thread but i wanna beat the dead horse/ jaded dragon for another minute…

    …the olympics are not like a fun “spanky & our gang” movie where a group of idealistic athletes from one country decide “hey, let’s invite other cool athletes from around the world & we’ll have a party & compete & stuff”…be nice if that’s what it was all about…

    …hopefully there will always be a certain amount of pure honest competition by enlightened athletes but while “olympic ideals” are paraded around w/ great pomp, circumstance & flag waving. the truth has long been a matter of governments showcasing politics & ideologies through the use of the athletes…olympic brand marketing is a huge business w/ companies speculating years in advance & committing enormous sums of money so that their logos will be recognized during those “special” moments…the athletes themselves at this point in time are almost an afterthought to the hoopla except that so many of them have bought into the fervor w/ their willingness to cheat whether it’s for nationalistic pride or their own future monetary gains…

    …so, unfortunately, the protestations against a regime like the peoples republic of china by interrupting torch relays & the statement made by dignitaries not attending opening ceremonies are as legitimate as the games themselves…btw, don’t expect george w bush to take a stand in any such a manner…that would not only be hypocritical but there just too damn much money tied up between this administration & the awakened rising dragon…

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