Torch Bearers Carry Olympic Flame Through Biloxi

An enthusiastic cheer greeted the Olympic torch and the honored torch bearer as they made their way through Biloxi. Torch bearers say any nervousness they had about carrying the flame quickly subsided.

"You're always worried how you're gonna do out there, but I tell you, once you got out there, you got the blood pumping, it was no problem," Jerry McGinty said. "I probably could've run another 20 miles, I think."

Each torch bearer carried the flame for just two-tenths of a mile allowing as many people as possible to take part in the experience.

"It's a huge honor," Marsha Thompson said. "I mean, to be able to carry this torch across a little bit of Mississippi soil and I think that everyone on this bus that was on this stretch with us, they were so united, there was such a spirit about this and it was a lot of fun and extremely exciting."

Torch bearers were nominated by friends and family members and many were chosen because of individual adversity and the ability to overcome it. People like Ruby Morton who lost her sight in a gun accident in 1944, but never let it slow her down.

"I just felt like holding it high and toasting the whole world (and saying) 'look what I got,' " Morton said.

And people like Jourdyn Combs, who despite being born without a hand has proven herself as an outstanding athlete.

With each step torch bearers say they were filled with pride about being part of this experience.

The Olympic relay made a brief stop at the Biloxi Public Safety Center where the public had a chance to see the 33-inch torch up close and have their pictures taken on this historic occasion.

"It was exciting," Prince Jones said. "Something that I'll be able to tell my grand kids. I just really enjoyed it."

The Olympic Torch run started in Atlanta on December 4th. It will take 65 days to travel 13,000 miles and go though 46 states before arriving in Salt Lake City.