Yesterday the Olympic flame was jointly lit by four Canadian sports heroes: ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, skier Nancy Greene, speed skater Katrina LeMay Doan, and basketball All-Star Steve Nash ending a 106-day torch adventure which officially began in Olympia, Greece on October 22 when the Olympic Flame was lit.
From Greece, the Olympic Flame made a trans-Atlantic flight to Canada. Starting on October 30th in Victoria, British Columbia the Olympic Flame traveled more than 45,000 kilometres across Canada by land, air and water. During its journey towards Vancouver, the Olympic Flame passed by some of the most pristine and stunning landscapes in the world. And at each turn and twist in the path to the Olympic Games, excited Canadians and visitors gathered to share in the experience. The national relay route linked together over 1,000 communities and places of interest.
The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay was the longest in history to be contained within the Host Country. The Torch Relay presented by Coca-Cola inspired and engaged Canadians from coast to coast to coast as it traveled along the path of northern light.
"Obviously, it was one of the great days of my life not only for me but my entire family, starting today with my dad getting the chance to run with the torch", said ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, whose father Walter had run in the relay earlier Friday.
The Olympic cauldron will burn for the 16 days of competition.