Louisville woman to carry Olympic torch in England

Taylor and Leah
Taylor and Leah

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The games of the summer Olympics on NBC and WAVE 3 are almost here.  Next week, a University of Kentucky grad student will get the chance to represent the USA and her old Kentucky home in England.

Louisvillian Taylor Amerman will tell you she is far from being an Olympic athlete, but she feels pretty pumped right now, because she will get the rare honor to carry the Olympic torch as it makes its way to the games in London!

Her mom, Deborah Amerman, is excited and ready to see her daughter Taylor.

The two have been Skyping away the moments until mom makes it to the University of Nottingham where Taylor, a graduate student, will get ready for her big moment.

"I found out about it in October, but I wasn't allowed to tell anyone until March," Taylor said. Her mom Deborah added, "I kept it secret for about five months and I didn't tell a soul!" Their lips were not sealed for Taylor's dissertation, the secret was all about a moment of pride for UK, in the United Kingdom.

"Coming from Kentucky and the University of Kentucky and being abroad, it's really special," Taylor said, "and to represent that, it's not just KFC that everyone knows about Kentucky."

Taylor, who is studying corporate social responsibility, was nominated to be an Olympic torchbearer and was eventually one of two students selected out of 30,000 at the university.

Her Louisville pal, Leah Vanderwerp, is already in England, her mom leaves Tuesday and her dad will also join them later.

"It's a very rare opportunity and something she'll always have," Deborah said, "I'm just really happy for her!" Taylor said. "I'm beyond excited, especially to have my friends over from the states and my parents coming over to see it. What an opportunity to be here for the Olympics and being here to participate."

The only downside? "My nerves are certainly kicking in," Taylor laughed. Nerves, because she knows the torch is a little heavy and she can not drop it. "The list of fears is extremely long," she smiled, "It's England so, it rains a lot and I'm nervous about that, and tripping or falling."

Taylor plans a nice slow quarter mile jog with the torch to make sure the hand off goes off smoothly. But, more importantly, she wants to enjoy every minute of it for her friends, family, her city and her Kentucky university." Look out for the 3 goggles," she laughed, "go Kentucky, go Cats!"

Taylor may have been selected in part for her history of giving back. She has spent a good part of her young life volunteering and mentoring children.

After they carry the torch next week, Taylor, a fellow student and a staff member from the university will take part in a local festival to celebrate it's trip to the opening ceremonies.

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