“Calgary had the first successful Olympics in every way,” said Susan Auch, three time Olympic medalist and Honourary Chair of the Calgary Olympic Torch Celebration.
“Calgary’s leg of the torch run can be the biggest festival leading up to the Olympics,” she said.
Paving the way for the torch’s arrival is Snowblower, a free outdoor music and light festival on January 16 at Olympic Plaza. It is co-presented by One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo and The City of Calgary.
On January 18, the 81st day of the 106 day journey across Canada, the Olympic torch will arrive at Olympic Plaza. There will be live music by entertainers including Terri Clark and Crystal Plamondon along with dancers, painters and other performers. Past Calgary Olympians will be present and watch and Calgary’s Olympic cauldron will be lit in honour of the 21st Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
“It’s critical to connect Olympic Athletes with Calgarians . . . It will help make this Olympics as successful as Calgary’s,” Auch said.
The relay will begin at Macleod Trail and Southland Drive at about 4 p.m. Torchbearers will then 2010’s website.
Mayor Dave Bronconnier said he’d like to invite Calgarians to come out and welcome the torch as it once again lights up our city.
“Wear your Olympic gear and join your fellow Calgarians as we rekindle the community spirit that ignited the ’88 Olympics and makes the Olympics a shared and memorable event,” he said.
The relay will begin at Macleod and Southland Drive at around 4 p.m. and torchbearers will then travel north on Macleod Trail to 17th Avenue SW where it should arrive by 6 p.m. The torch will then head north on 14th Street, east on 9th Avenue, and arrive at Olympic Plaza around 7 p.m. for the big party.
More details on the torch’s route and other community activities can be found on Vancouver
A City bus will be present to accept Food Bank donations.
***Image from Vancouver2010.com's interactive Torch Relay map
***Torch route's first, second and third day in Calgary (81,82,83 on Canada-wide route - beginning January 18th)
***Susan Auch with Calgary '88 Winter Olympic Torch