Norwalk students carry Olympic-style torch after waiting a year due to pandemic

Students at Columbus Magnet School in Norwalk participated in an Olympic-style torch run today- carrying on a tradition since the 1980s that had been postponed do to the pandemic.

News 12 Staff

May 27, 2021, 4:55 PM

Updated 1,096 days ago

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Students at Columbus Magnet School in Norwalk participated in an Olympic-style torch run today- carrying on a tradition since the 1980s that had been postponed do to the pandemic.  
The tradition started at Columbus Magnet in the 80s by the physical education teacher at the time, Tom Kretsch.
The students carried an Olympic torch, an American flag, and an Olympic flag - passing off to three more kids who made more rounds.
Teacher Smith Mowry says students participate in the Olympic-style torch run every four years before the Summer Olympics.
After making their own torch for years, the school finally got an official Olympic Torch of its own in 2004.
"They sent us one that was used in the 1996 Olympics. Pretty special," Kretsch says.
In the past, students, staff, and parents would pass the torch at several locations throughout the city of Norwalk.
However, this year, they ran around the school track and also combined the torch run with field day at the school.
Kretsch has since retired, but comes back for the tradition.
"I think the kids learn a lot from it, it builds community and spirit," Kretsch says.
The event was put on hold for a year due to the pandemic.
The Summer Olympic games were originally scheduled to take place last year in Tokyo, Japan, but will resume this summer.


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