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Petaluman carries torch, then wins gold

Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 1:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 1:34 p.m.

Petaluma’s 9-year-old Finnley Stess found gold in the California State Games held last weekend in San Diego.

The determined McNear School fourth grader took the first-place medal in the 9-10-year-old street division and proudly ascended to the top of the awards podium.

The California State Games is a statewide amateur sports festival that is a grassroots program of the United States Olympic Committee. It provides an opportunity for athletes of all ages to participate in a wide variety of athletic events and enjoy an Olympic-like experience.

For Stess, it was an especially big event.

Before the competition, he became he first skateboarder ever to carry the torch in the opening ceremonies.

After handling those duties, he climbed on his skateboard and won three medals.

In addition to his gold medal, he took a bronze medal in the highly competitive 8 and under street division and a fourth-place medal in the 10-and-under mini-ramp competition.

He was also seventh in the 10-and-under bowl competition.

His 6-year-old sister, Minna, reached the podium with a fifth place in the girls bowl division.

She was also ninth in the 8-and-under street and 10-and-under miniramp competition.

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