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Norwalk student lights Special Olympics torch

LOS ANGELES — Destiny Sanchez, who will be a junior at John Glenn High School in Norwalk this fall, had the honor of lighting the Special Olympics torch July 25 during the opening ceremonies for the World Special Olympics at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Sanchez, who is competing in the track and field competition at the Special Olympics, was assisted by Rafer Johnson, a former Olympics decathlon champion who lit the torch to begin the 1984 Olympics at the Coliseum.

Sanchez is competing in the 50- and 100-meter dashes during the Special Olympics. She won a gold medal in the 50-meter dash and a bronze in the 100-meter dash during a local Special Olympics competition last year.

Two other Glenn High Students also are competing in the Special Olympics, Joey Mata and Louis Velasquez. All three are competitors on Team Norwalk, the city’s Special Olympics program, in which they train with coaches on track and field events two days a week and compete at events throughout Southern California.