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Olympic Tradition Burns Bright

An Akzo Nobel employee has seen his family's Olympic tradition—which started back in 1996—continue with this month's winter games being held in Salt Lake City.

The family of an Akzo Nobel employee kept an Olympic tradition burning ahead of this month’s winter games, which are being held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Back in 1996, Manny Pinzoni—who works for the company’s phosphorus chemicals division at Dobbs Ferry, New York—watched with pride when his wife, Joan, carried the Olympic torch through the streets of the Big Apple during its journey to the summer games in Atlanta.

Six years later, two members of the family have been among the 11,500 torchbearers who have carried the flame on its latest 65-day, 13,500-mile trip across America, which began back on December 4 when Muhammad Ali lit the flame.

Not only did Manny and Joan’s two-year-old son—Kevin Brandon Pinzoni—get involved in the torch relay when it reached Princeton, New Jersey, but Joan’s older sister, Anne E. Foster, also carried the flame when it traveled through Beaumont, Texas.

In Olympic Torch Relay has been a tradition since 1952, when it was adopted from an idea proposed by a chairman of the 1936 Berlin Games.

This year’s event, which runs from February 8 to 24, began with a spectacular opening ceremony, featuring a host of international stars including LeAnn Rimes and Sting.

(Released: February 7, 2002)