Crowds cheered and film rolled as Lacey Weiszbrod-Perez, 30, ran through the London Borough of Merton Monday carrying the Olympic torch about 350 yards as it made its journey towards the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London beginning Friday, July 27 and running through Sunday, Aug. 12. Back at home, Perez's grandmother and Oakhurst resident Mary Lou Finley was bursting with pride.
Seeing her granddaughter, who spent many summers in the Mountain Area with Finley, carry the torch in front of the world was no surprise to Finley.
"She did a fantastic job," Finley said. "She's my granddaughter. There's no doubt about that. I'm so proud of all my grandchildren and am bursting my buttons with pride over Lacey's achievement. Lacy has excelled in life in many areas but this is an achievement not directly related to academics or job performance but in the positive personality traits that she possesses."
Soon the Olympic torch will make its way to Oakhurst as Lacey is bestowing her Grandma Finley with the emblem.
Lacey was unable to comment due to conditions of her being an Olympic torch bearer, but her new husband Patrick said they were both nervous and excited about the event. Patrick stood at the sidelines, proudly watching his wife's historic run and said the experience was unbelievable.
"I never could have imagined that this might happen to somebody I know, let alone my wife," he said. "Lacey truly is a special person, and to have her recognized on a world stage is simply too much for words. I am just so proud of her."
Read Lacey's nomination story at www.london2012.com/torch-relay/torchbearers
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