The Olympic Flame Visits Montreal and Parliament
Day 42 of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay saw the flame visit the city of Montreal and be carried into the Parliament Building by Canadian figure-skating legend Barbara Ann Scott. Scott won Canada’s first figure skating gold medal at the 1948 Olympic Winter Games in St Moritz, Switzerland. The relay has now moved from Victoria, on Canada’s western edge, to the most northerly inhabited settlement in the land, then to its most easterly point, and is now on its way back across the nation to Vancouver, where it will arrive on 12 February 2010.
With another 64 days to go, the relay is not even half way to Vancouver, but it has already seen a number of well known athletes carry the flame on its journey across Canada. As well as Barbara Ann Scott, the flame was also transported yesterday by former F1 driver Jacques Villeneuve and skiing legend Pirmin Zurbriggen. Brazilian gold medallist swimmer César Cielo, Chinese five-time Olympic medallist short track speed skater Yang Yang, Australian gold medallist aerials skier Alisa Camplin and four-time short track speed skater gold medallist Lee-Kyung Chun of the Republic of Korea have all had the privilege of running in the relay in different places all across Canada so far. There will undoubtedly be more famous faces to come between now and the Games!
Alternative Modes of Transport
Already, the Olympic Torch Relay has had to deal with many different atmospheric conditions, and the flame has travelled in a myriad of different ways on its journey around the vast nation of Canada. So far, the flame has been carried on forms of transport as varied as a surf board, canoe, horse, bicycle, dog sled, carriage, chuck wagon, polar rover, fishing boat, all-terrain vehicle, inline skates, mountain bike, skis, seaplane, logging truck and skateboard.
Vancouver and Whistler will host the XXI Olympic Winter Games from 12 to 28 February 2010 and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from 12 to 21 March 2010. The seven winter Olympic sports that will be on show in Vancouver are luge, skiing, skating, ice hockey, biathlon, bobsleigh and curling.
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