The 2016 summer Olympic games begin this weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a local woman has a special tie to the games – as she was a torch carrier when they were last in the U.S. Ann Williams carried the torch for one leg of the run across the country in 1996 when Atlana, Georgia, hosted the games. She still has her torch, which features a fig leaf, the torch runner logo and all of the previous summer games engraved on it.

Williams added the Olympics are something she always watches and she hopes people are able to unite during the games. She added, seeing the athletes who never gave up on their dreams should inspire others to never give up on hope and achieving goals.

For the full interview with Williams click here for part one and part two.