CHICAGO (Friday, December 7, 2001) - Former U.S. Women’s National Team captain Carla Overbeck carried the Olympic Torch in her homestate of North Carolina on Wednesday (Dec. 5) as part of the Olympic Torch Relay presented by Chevrolet. Overbeck ran through Charlotte, N.C., on just the second day of the Olympic Torch Relay. The Torch will make its journey to Salt Lake City in 65 days. The torch will travel more than 13,500 miles and be carried by about 11,500 torchbearers. It will arrive into Salt Lake City on Feb. 7.
Overbeck retired from the U.S. Women’s National Team on Dec. 17, 2001, after wearing the captain’s armband one final time in a 1-1draw with Japan in Phoenix, Arizona. Overbeck’s career spanned 13 years and included three world titles (1991 and 1999 Women’s World Cups, 1996 Olympics). She finished her international career with 168 international appearances, fifth most all-time.
The Olympic Torch Relay kicked off on Dec. 4 from Atlanta, Ga. The flame then made its way through Georgia and into South Carolina on the first day, before breaking into North Carolina for day two. News, photographs and much more about the Olympic Torch Relay can be found at: http://media.gm.com/division/torchrelay/.