This year, the 2010 Winter Olympics are being held in Vancouver, Canada and the torch is being carried on a path that transverses Canada. On Dec. 31st. (New Year's Eve), the torch passed through Rouyn/Noranda, Quebec.
When the Olympics came to your country, how many of you actually knew a torch bearer? Well, I know someone!
My niece's FIL applied and was chosen to be a torch bearer. He lives in North Bay, Ontario, but was assigned to carry the torch in Rouyn/Noranda in Quebec. So, a bus was hired to bring Dave McMillan and his family to Quebec for the ceremony.
Dave getting a 'good luck' kiss from his sweet granddaugther, Caleigh.
My lovely niece, Nicole and her adorable DH, Jamie with his father.
Receiving the flame from Alison Hearst from North Bay. Alison is a former Olympian (Barcelona '92 and Atlanta '96- Kayaking).
Carrying the flame ..... doesn't Dave McMillan look proud!
Passing the flame to the next torch bearer, a young lady from Huntsville, Ontario.
Have a great day, eh!
Torch relay tidbits:
Started Oct. 30, 2009 and will end Feb. 12, 2010 which will be the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Torch relay will wind through 45,000 kilometers of Canada and there are 12,000 torch bearers.
It has travelled by plane, snowmobile and dogsled across the most remote northern parts of the country. The Olympic Flame caught a lift on a logging truck in British Columbia, reflecting the province's lush logging industry. It has also travelled by boat, ferry, school bus, tomato harvester, bull, horse, bike, canoe, ice re-surfacer, surf board among others.
Along with the symbolic alternate modes of transportation, the Torch Relay has also marked many other notable moments. It reached the most northern part of any Olympic Torch Relay in history when the flame lit up the military base of Alert, NU. And, when a jet plane landed in Old Crow, YT, bringing the flame to the people of the small community, it was the first time in history that feat had ever been accomplished.
The tidbit information came from here .