| 20 December 2001
For Immediate Release
Johns Hopkins APL Staffer to Carry Olympic Torch in Baltimore
Winnie Trimper, an office administrator at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, Md., was "completely surprised" to find she had been selected to be an Olympic torchbearer.
A nominator, who wishes to remain anonymous, observed Trimper over the years and was moved to recommend her as a torchbearer to the Olympic Committee, saying she "exemplifies the highest character of personal achievement represented by the Olympic Games."
After interviewing Trimper the Committee agreed, and now the Baltimore resident will carry the torch for two-tenth of miles in Federal Hill Park, near Baltimore's Inner Harbor, at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.
"It's a great honor, and as a torchbearer I know I'm representing my country and the true spirit of togetherness, unity and achievement forstered by the Olympic Games," Trimper says. She says that as she carries the torch she'll be reflecting on the events of Sept. 11 and praying for world peace.
Trimper, 43, has lived a life of service to others — as a Girl Scout leader, a 4-H leader, Sunday school teacher, and cheerleading coach for the Arbutus, Md., Golden Eagles, Our Lady of Victory Elementary and Middle School, and The Institute of Notre Dame Catholic High School. She is a United Way worker and a volunteer at the House of Ruth Domestic Violence Center, the Southwest Emergency Fund, and Grassroots. She's on the Marketing Club Board at Catonsville Community College and a member of the Board of the Arbutus Athletic Association. Trimper is a member of the Johns Hopkins APL Women's Club, where she serves on the program committee. Trimper recently returned to college to finish her degree.
Trimper has been training and exercising to get in shape for the run. "No way I'm going to drop the torch," she says.
Trimper is dedicating her run to the "good folks at the House of Ruth in Baltimore for all the support they give people in times of need." She says she looks forward to being cheered on by her daughter, Brooke, a college student, by friends, neighbors and co-workers and by many of the people she's coached and worked with over the years.
The Applied Physics Laboratory, a division of The Johns Hopkins University, meets critical national challenges through the innovative application of science and technology. For more information, visit www.jhuapl.edu.