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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Lighting of 2010 Winter Olympic Flame Suffers Cauldron Malfunction in Vancouver - Video 2/12/10


Link: slight mishap

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

6 comments:

Anonymous,  February 13, 2010 at 3:08 PM  

Thank you for the video! We had to tape the Opening Ceremony's and, since it ran late, wouldn't have gotten to see the final moments otherwise! By the way, K. D. Lang is just inspiring and amazing! (:

Anonymous,  February 13, 2010 at 4:09 PM  

I too had to use my DVR and I missed the last moments. So I am very grateful for this video.

Brian February 13, 2010 at 4:26 PM  

You all are very welcome. Glad the posting of the video was helpful to you. Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous,  February 13, 2010 at 5:05 PM  

Thank you for posting this video. I went to sleep last night and watched the rest of the ceremony on DVR. The DVR ran out during the lighting of the torch. Your site was the only one I found that had the whole video. Thanks again.
Tonya

Brian February 13, 2010 at 5:23 PM  

You are welcome, Tonya. Glad it was a help to you.

Anonymous,  February 13, 2010 at 8:04 PM  

Thank you very much for the video, how did you know my cable service stinks so bad I would need you? :D

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