Book of poetry explores the Olympics and pays tribute to those whose passion for and love of sport has kept the Olympic spirit alive

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'A Torch Bearer's Salute to 100 Years of Olympic Spirit' by Kermite Bristow is set for a new marketing campaign

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 27, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- "I was a torchbearer of the 1996 Olympics. I ran my course in Virginia, met and spoke to Governor George Allen of that state that year; along with a Coca Cola Official. Yes, I know it is good! Seeing throngs of people lining the streets to see the Olympic Torch, which was world history in the making, was awesome. And also the thrill of knowing soon this majestic flame that came all the way from Athens, Greece, as it has for years, is coming your way!" Kermite Bristow states.

Inspired by his once-in-a-lifetime Olympics moment, Bristow has written "A Torch Bearer's Salute to 100 Years of Olympic Spirit: A Book of Olympic Poems" (published by Xlibris in April 2017), a poetry anthology that tells of true-life stories of Olympic heroes. Written in rhyme, these poems explore the Olympics down through the ages and the people involved. At the same time, it pays tribute to the men and women whose passion for and love of sport has kept the Olympic spirit alive.

"Who would have thought that I would be meeting people, living my aspirations and given the honor of carrying the torch of a global event such as the Summer Olympics," Bristow says. "We all have dreams but COVID-19 has broken our spirits globally. However, we still need to believe that we are all special and accomplishments can be made. I want to let people know that they too can accomplish extreme spectacular dreams."

When asked what he wants readers to take away from the book, Bristow answers, "Never give up! Believe in yourself and trust in God. Respect your fellowmen of all races, religion and even non-God believers. Treat all men and women the way you want to be treated. Remember that life is precious and many of us, old people like me do not realize that until we age." For more details about the book, please visit

"A Torch Bearer's Salute to 100 Years of Olympic Spirit: A Book of Olympic Poems"
By Kermite Bristow
Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 62 pages | ISBN 9781413450613
E-Book | 62 pages | ISBN 9781462834433
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Kermite Bristow was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1953. He is an Olympic torchbearer and author for a reason. His 17 years of many international charity efforts in U.S. and Canada contributed to help him to be recognized by the Olympic Committee. The charities included everything from running in cold subzero upstate winters in February to benefit The American Heart Association, The Red Cross, U.S. Veterans, battered women, A Canadian Children's Hospital among others. Money was raised in the thousands because of these charitable events. Because of this, he was rewarded thereafter to receive this prestigious global honor. For over 15 years, he acted in movies, television, modeled, did print and runway in U.S. and Canada. With the final culmination appearing in the FBI Files television episode of his featured character of Chuck Shuck which is currently being played in Roku streaming channel. Presently, his international status does not stop there as he was one of the original AT&T Operators. Twenty-nine years later, he has handled millions of calls since he started working for AT&T in 1979. He proudly helps the service men and women from Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan, as well as receiving and delivering calls to and from others countries and their operators around the globe. He was also given both a national and international poetry award by The International Library of Poetry in Baltimore, Maryland.

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