Olympic Torch Makes Stop in Alabama

The Olympic Torch arrived in Mobile Saturday where dozens of torch bearers carried it through town. It had made its way north from Florida Saturday. The circuitous cross-country trip takes the torch through 46 states in 65 days.

The torch began its more than 13,000-mile symbolic journey across the United States in Atlanta on Tuesday, where boxer Muhammad Ali lit the first torch and handed it to figure skating gold medalist Peggy Fleming. The torch will be used to light the Olympic flame in Salt Lake City on February 8th to mark the start of the Winter Olympics.

In Mobile, Chuck Anderson said he's always been moved by behind-the-scenes events of the Olympics, like the torch run. He never dreamed he'd be in the relay, holding aloft the famous flame. Anderson was attacked by a shark in June of last year. The shark bit off his right forearm, but the Baldwin County athletic director hasn't slowed down at all. He continues training for triathlons. Anderson started the nine-mile relay run from Spring Hill College into downtown.

From Mobile, the torch traveled on to Biloxi, Baton Rouge, and Mobile. On Monday, it was scheduled to arrive in Houston. For more about the Olympic Torch run, click here. For more on the Salt Lake City Olympic Games, click here. And for more on NBC's telecast of the games, click here.