Following the Flame


An Amarillo man has been following the Olympic flame for more than 20 years by visiting several Olympic games.

Wayne McEntire has been going to the Olympics since 1984.

He started by taking his daughter and has continued the tradition by taking his grandsons.

“It is a special moment, it is a bonding moment it is just unbelievable particularly when you are in unbelievable places like in Rio or someplace like London.”

McEntire says being able to travel and see the host countries has been an amazing experience.

“The pride of the host country, every time I go it is amazing to see how people love to see people coming to their country and to them, we as spectators are as important almost as much athletes.”

He has only gone to the Summer Olympics because he says they are much more pleasant to sit outside to watch.

But that doesn’t make him any less of a fan of all of the games. 

“People ask me if I am going to the Winter Olympics, would love to but can’t go to all of the Olympics, love watching them but as a spectator sport it is a little different when it is really cold out there and it is zero as opposed to when you are in Rio and it is really nice and everybody is hanging out.”

Whether it be at home or on the beach, McEntire says he loves watching team USA compete and win gold. 

“Ice skating, you just can’t help but love ice skating is gymnastics on ice, you know you like everything about it, you like the luge even though it is fast you love watching it, kind of go by.”

He plans to take his youngest grandson to Tokyo in 2020.

Then the whole family will be going to Los Angeles in 2028.

McEntire went viral during the Summer Olympics in Rio.

He was offered a seat on a train and instead hoisted himself up on a handrail.

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