Yakima's Phil Mahre Carries Torch Into U.S.

Yakima's Phil Mahre Carries Torch Into U.S.
We're just a couple days away from the start of the Winter Olympics.

As part of the build-up to the games, the Olympic torch has been working its way through Canada.

Tuesday, it made a brief journey across the border into the United States...and the person who got to bring it over was Yakima's Phil Mahre.

Mahre won medals in both the 1980 and 1984 Olympics and he's considered one of the best American skiers of all time.

After carrying the torch into the U.S., he talked about what the Olympics means to all of these athletes.

Mahre says, "The biggest thing is the camaraderie and the spirit of the games, bringing a nation together, and not a nation, a world together, the Olympic spirit is really about that, its about unity and camaraderie and peace and its more about that than, I think, than competition."

After briefly bringing the torch into the U.S., Mahre took it back to the border, lit a cauldron at the Peace Arch...and then the torch went back into Canada on the final leg of its journey to Vancouver.