A Vancouver teenager is the first person selected to carry the 2010 Olympic torch, the event’s sponsor announced yesterday.

Patricia Moreno, 18, will be one of about 12,000 torchbearers chosen by a panel of experts assembled by Coca-Cola to carry the flame during its 106-day journey across Canada.

“I feel overwhelmed, there’s so much to think about,” Moreno said from Toronto where the announcement was made. “I feel more special every minute.”

Kirsten Mihailides, a spokesperson for Coke, said Moreno was chosen because she is a “great example of Canadian youth.”

“She’s a volunteer, she leads an active lifestyle and she’s a great ambassador for the torchbearer program,” Mihailides said.

For information on how to become a torchbearer, visit icoke.ca

Latest From ...