Monday, January 18, 2010

Calgary Olympic Torch Relay begins today

As the Olympic torch crosses Canada, it has ignited community spirit and inspired initiatives that help and support people in those municipalities. Calgary is one of those communities.

Calgarians are encouraged to bring donations for the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank to the Olympic Torch Relay Celebration at Olympic Plaza today at 5 p.m. A Calgary Transit bus will be parked along Macleod Trail near Olympic Plaza with City staff accepting the donations.

The magic of sport and culture will be alive at this free family-friendly event. Enjoy live music and dancers, meet Calgary Olympians and watch as the cauldron is lit in commemoration of the 21st Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

5:00 p.m. Performance by Crystal Plamondon
5:30 p.m. Speech from Olympian Duff Gibson and introduction of Calgary Olympians from past Olympic Games. The following Olympians from past Games are attending the Olympic Torch Relay Celebration;
  • Susan Auch – Speed Skating (1988, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002)
  • Glenys Bakker – Curling (2006)
  • Andre Benoit - Luge (1988, 1992)
  • Michelle Cameron - Synchronized Swimming (1988)
  • Jeff Christie – Luge (2006)
  • Al Coulter - Volleyball (1984, 1992)
  • Nathan Cunningham – Bobsleigh (2006)
  • Arne Dankers - Speed Skating (2006)
  • Kerry Dankers (Simpson) - Speed Skating (2006)
  • Marie-Claude Doyon - Luge (1988)
  • Sam Edney - Luge (2006)
  • Kelly Anne Erdman - Cycling (1992)
  • Jim Fisher - Cycling (2000)
  • Nathan Gafuik - Gymnastics (2008)
  • Karyn Garossino – Ice Dancing (1988, 1992)
  • Rod Garossino – Ice Dancing (1988, 1992)
  • Duff Gibson– Skeleton (2006)
  • Ian Gordon – Track and Field (1972)
  • Gaye Hass – Field Hockey (1992)
  • Darin McBeath - Alpine Skiing (2002)
  • Roselyn McLeod (McMann) - Rowing (2004)
  • Susan Massitti – Speed Skating (1998)
  • Cary Mullen – Alpine (1992,1994)
  • Shayna Nackoney - Synchronized Swimming (2004)
  • Jason Parker- Speed Skating (2006)
  • Lori Radke - Wheelchair Basketball (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
  • Scott Rand – Rowing (2008)
  • Joshua Riker-Fox – Pentathlon (2008)
  • Kathy Salmon – Luge (1988,1992)
  • Kyle Shewfelt - Gymnastics (2004, 2008)
  • Christina Smith – Bobsleigh (2002)
  • Don Telfer - Rowing (1988, 1992)
  • Peter VanderPyl – Field hockey (1964)
  • Pauline Vanroessel - Rowing (2004)
  • Greg Williscroft – Volleyball (1992)
5:45 p.m. Fanfare to begin Official Celebration
5:55 p.m. Encore by Crystal Plamondon
6:10 p.m. Entertainment provided by Olympic Games sponsors Coca-Cola and RBC
6:45 p.m. Performance by Terri Clark
7:00 p.m. Olympic Torch Arrives
7:30 p.m. Encore by Terri Clark

You can follow the Olympic Torch Relay live on CTV’s website.

You can also relive some of your 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Game memories here and see the Calgary's Olympic Torch Route here.

Also you can follow the Olympic Torch on Calgary's Facebook page.


Here is a video describing Calgary's Olympic Torch Relay festivities.

*** Calgary '88 Opening Ceremonies, Robyn Perry Lighting the Olympic Flame on February 13, 1988. Photo courtesy of City of Calgary Corporate Records/Archives.

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