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November 29, 2001


2002 Olympic Torch Relay Starts In Atlanta on December 4th: Emory Heart Center Director Chosen to Carry Torch

The Olympic Flame last rested on U.S. soil in Atlanta - and it returns here next Tuesday when the 2002 Olympic Torch Relay begins. Emory Heart Center Director Douglas Morris, M.D., has been tapped by the Olympic Affairs Team to be one of the first Torch Bearers to participate in the event which kicks off at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta on December 4th at 8:00 a.m.

Dr. Morris will begin carrying the Olympic Flame at 9:45 a.m. as he runs his segment of the relay from Boulevard at the Family Dollar store, past North Avenue and then right on Ponce de Leon Avenue to Kennesaw Street.

A host of runners -- as well as cars, planes, trains, ships, snowmobiles and even a covered wagon -- are slated to help transport the torch during its 13,500 mile journey through 46 states in 65 days. The relay will end on February 8th at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

According to Marie T. Fay, Director of the Pfizer Olympic Affairs Team, Dr. Morris was selected for the prestigious honor of participating as an Olympic Torch Bearer in recognition of his commitment to exercise and fitness as an essential element of cardiovascular health.

Dr. Morris encourages his patients to pursue exercise and other recreational activities to control cardiovascular risk factors, reduce the consequences of heart disease and other health problems, and help cope with stress. "I believe patients are most receptive to this message if their physician is physically fit and has adopted an active lifestyle," says Dr. Morris, who runs as part of his personal physical fitness program.

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