Lubkes win trip to Salt Lake, 2002 Olympic Winter Games

HEADING FOR UTAH’Sue and Ray Lubke show their tickets for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games that begin Friday (today) near Salt Lake City. Lubke’s GM Cars and Trucks recently won the four-day trip from Chevrolet, one of the Olympic Games’ major sponsors. Not many people from the Heart of Texas will be heading to Utah this weekend for the 2002 Winter Olympics, but one lucky couple left Brady early Thursday morning for four days of events that included the Opening Ceremonies. Ray and Sue Lubke, owners of Lubke’s GM Cars & Trucks, will be in Utah thanks to Chevrolet, a major Olympics sponsor, along with Coca-Cola. “We were one of 300 from the 4,300 dealers throughout the United States to qualify for an all-expense paid trip to Salt Lake City for the big event,” Ray said Wednesday morning. The Lubkes decided to enter the sales contest, which was pro rata for dealers in the same group, when their “twin nephew”, 12-year-old Russ Schumann of San Angelo was a support runner in Dallas during the torch parade several months ago. They were notified in December that they had won the opening four-day tickets. “We really got interested in the Olympics when Russ, who was adopted just before his second birthday from a Romania orphanage by his parents, Jim and Lynn Schumann, was a support runner in Dallas back in October,” Sue said. Russ, a healthy sixth grader at Trinity Lutheran School in San Angelo, has grown into a robust pre-teen after suffering illness and hardships during infancy. In an unusual kinship, Sue and Lynn are first cousins, and Ray and Jim are first cousins. But back to the Lubkes’ trip to the Olympics. They departed early Thursday morning for Salt Lake where they will be bused to the Deer Valley resort and will attend the Opening Ceremonies and winter sports events through Monday. They will return to Brady on Tuesday, Feb. 12. “We are really excited about the trip,” they said Wednesday. “We won’t even have to worry about winter clothing because all of that will be provided by Chevrolet.” “That” includes socks, boots, underclothing, sweaters, coats, head-wear’just everything they need to stay warm in the snow. Of course, they will be able to take their winter wear home with them. Ray said they didn’t feel like they would have to worry too much about security. “I understand that there will be one security officer for every 10 people at the Olympic events. We will feel pretty safe,” he said. Ray purchased the Brady dealership from Clifford Grubbs in 1990, and he and Sue became Brady residents three years ago. They promised that they would report their experiences of the Big Show upon their return.

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