Friday, May 6, 2005

Ripley’s Has Burning Desire For Olympic Torches

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Believe it or not but the folks at Ripley Entertainment have a burning desire for Olympic torches.

The company – which is known for 26 “odditoriums” around the world – are now trying to collect a complete set of Olympic torches dating back to 1936 when they were first used at the Berlin Games.

There have been 16 Summer Olympics using the torch ceremony and company spokesman Tim O’Brien says Ripley reps have 14 of them, including the one carried by Muhammad Ali at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

However, O’Brien says the company is still carrying a torch for the torches from the 1952 Norway Games and the 1960 Rome Olympics.

O’Brien says Ripley reps are willing to pay up to $10,000 per torch, which he admits won’t put your kids through college “but could get them through a year at a state school.”

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