Vladimir Prikuptes

Tale Of The Torchbearer

02/24/2006
Staff Writer
Turin, Italy: Vladimir Prikuptes brought his own Olympic torch to the Winter Games. Prikupets, a 74-year-old native of Odessa who immigrated to San Francisco in 1975, for the past two weeks here has shlepped in a navy blue pouch a curving, polished silver torch he had bought after serving as a torchbearer before the Athens Olympics in 2004. He held it up, unlit, during the opening ceremonies here as his personal, silent statement in memory of the victims of persecution.
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