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Brandon woman to carry Olympic flame

Photo provided by Jacky Stimpson Photo provided by Jacky Stimpson
Photo provided by Jacky Stimpson Photo provided by Jacky Stimpson
BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A woman who calls Brandon home for half of the year is heading back to her other home in London, England on Saturday for a very important event. Jacky Stimpson is leaving for her native home, because she was selected to carry the olympic torch.

Stimpson is a world champion and world record holding water-skier and will be carrying the flame through London on July 25.  She said it is an amazing and surprising honor.

"I'll be carrying the torch in London in the area which I live in," Stimpson said. "Which is pretty cool, because all my friends and family could come."

Stimpson said she was nominated by friends and family before ultimately being selected by a committee. She has a good idea of who the driving force was in getting her name on the ballot.

"My mother was instrumental, my mother was my biggest fan, supporter and sponsor," Stimpson said. "She wanted me to be recognized and here I am."

Stimpson's story is even more compelling considering she won her championships despite being paralyzed from the chest down. However, she never has felt her disability was a disadvantage.

"It's probably one of the only sports where a wheelchair user can actually leave your chair behind and you can ski alongside able-bodied peers," Stimpson said.

Now, the retired champion instructs water-skiers from all over the world at the same water-skiing training center that she practiced at on Star Road, in Brandon.

For the last 12 years Stimpson has been living at the training center from April through October, and then heads back to London for six months. With the honor of carrying the Olympic torch in her hometown Stimpson will be heading back to London earlier than usual.

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