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Tueller totes torch in Korea

UHP officer part of Special Olympics ceremony

Jessica Tanner

Leader Assistant Editor

Mike Tueller of Tremonton was selected to represent Utah Highway Patrol and Utah Law Enforcement in the final leg of the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games Torch Run in South Korea and into the opening ceremonies held in PyeongChang.

Tueller left Utah on Jan. 20, a journey that took a total of 11 days. Two groups, composed of 50 participants, started the torch run on the morning of Jan. 23, lighting the torch just outside the palace in Seoul.

Tueller’s group was composed of 35 officers from all around the world, 10 Korean officers and five athletes (from Southern Australia, Seattle, Montana, Austria and South Korea), who traveled down the west coast into the central and northern regions bordering North Korea. They covered four cities each day for five days and then two on the sixth.

He saw a lot of the country but it was at a quick pace on a rushed schedule. Many sights were seen while on a bus as they were transported to the next group of cities. He said, “This was an incredible experience and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This was not a sightseeing tour or a vacation, it was a whirlwind tour of Korea. ”

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