George Warren of Tompkinsville looks forward to every year of the Olympics especially since he was a part of the games in 2002 and 2004, carrying the torch during part of the American run. It's an experience he will never forget.
"It's very exhilarating. I mean you're excited and your adrenaline is going through and you gotta hold the torch up at a certain length from your body and hold it a certain way," says Warren.
Each torch Warren ran with has a special meaning. 2002 marked a big year, the Salt Lake City Games, and the first Olympics since the 2001 terrorist attacks
"You have a section on the 2002 torch where you have to hold it and they explained its from the past to the future. The 2004 torch naturally was made in greece and its made out of magnesium and olive wood from Greece," says Warren.
To carry an Olympic torch you must first be nominated. Warren works heavily with the Special Olympics and was shocked at his nomination in 2002.
"Congratulations you were selected and nominated for running the Olympic torch and they'll be sending me more information about it and your heart is like just pumping away like on my gosh," says Warren.
After another nomination in 2004 he has kept both torch's and will continue to do so despite some hefty offers.
"The one torch was up on EBay for $5,000, that's some nice cash, but running an Olympic torch I would never, never sell mine," says Warren.
Warren is keeping a close eye on this years games and says if the opportunity came again to carry the flame he would.