Here is video from last night of the lighting of the Olympic Flame at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. Things did not go off smoothly, with one of the four legs of the Olympic Cauldron failing to emerge from the stadium floor. As a result, only three of four planned lighters of the flame were able to participate:
As Rick Hansen wheeled into the arena holding the torch, a collective gasp emerged as people assumed it would be him, only to be foiled when Catriona Le May Doan took the flame forward to Steve Nash, who ran it around to Nancy Greene Raine, who ran a solid leg towards The Great One, Wayne Gretzky.
He then moved around to a set spot, turned and faced the centre of the arena and, with the other relay runners all at similar spots, it dawned on us all... they would ALL light the flame.
Or at least, they would try. A malfunctioning hydraulic left Catriona Le May Doan holding a torch with nothing to light, looking very unimpressed. O Canada.
Thankfully, the one moment of failure on the night wasn't the final moment, as Gretzky quickly left the arena, hopped on the back of a pickup, and toured downtown Vancouver streets with the flame while assorted drunks and happy folks chased after him cheering in a moment of true West Coast Canadiana. . . . MORE