Arizona man carries Olympic Torch in London

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by Catherine Holland

GMAZ interview by Scott Pasmore

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:31 AM

PHOENIX -- The countdown to the Olympic Games is on. We're just days away from the July 27 Opening Ceremony, which means the Olympic Torch Relay is making its way across the UK.

Nominated by somebody they know, 8,000 people from all over the world will carry the Olympic Flame. Dale Kamarata of Goodyear is one of those 8,000.

The theme of this year's replay is "Moment to Shine," and for Kamarata, it certainly was.

Two of his co-workers at Coca-Cola nominated Kamarata for the honor because of his extensive involvement in his community. He's the founder of Estrella Youth Sports, a non-profit organization dedicated to bring families together and giving kids a safe place to participate in youth sports.

Kamarata, one of three torch-bearers from the U.S., ran the Olympic Torch through the town of Wallingford in Oxfordshire on July 10. He said it's an experience he will always remember.

"It was unbelievable," he said. "I got to hand it off to a man that lost his leg in Afghanistan. It was just such a wonderful experience to hand it off to him."

The+Olympic+Torch+for+the+2012+London+GamesWeighing less than 3 pounds, the torch is made up of an inner and an outer gold-colored aluminum alloy skin. There are 8,000 perforated circles on the torch -- one for each torch-bearer and his of her story. One for Kamarata, who will soon receive a replica of the torch he carried as a keepsake.

The Olympic Flame began is journey on May 19. The route will take it through a more than 1,000 communities before it arrives at Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony on July 27.

The flame will burn in the cauldron at Olympic Stadium day and night throughout the Games, and will be extinguished at the Closing Ceremony.

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