Canadian Taylor to carry Olympic torch

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What the Olympic Torch might look like in the hands of Nick Taylor...

Canadian Nick Taylor, a senior at Washington and currently No. 15 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, has been selected as an Olympic Torch Bearer for the Winter Games in Vancouver.

Taylor, a first-team All-American last year for the Huskies, will carry the torch at 7 a.m. Feb. 7, for a 300-meter stretch in the small British Columbia town of Merrit, a two-hour drive from his hometown of Abbotsford.

Taylor, a former Canadian Junior and Canadian Men’s Amateur champion, was inducted into the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

“It’s cool. It’s quite an honor to have the Olympics in Vancouver,” Taylor said. “I would have like to run in my hometown but I had no control over that. I guess I’ll just get a track suit, run and then go back to sleep.”

According to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics Web site, 12,000 torchbearers will carry the torch as it moves through 1,037 communities across Canada. Also on that list: Country singer Shania Twain and hockey great Gordie Howe.

The torch is 37.125 inches tall and weights 3.5 pounds.

– Information from the USGA was used in this report

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