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Peace Arch News Friday, February 12, 2010



Torch run inspires on both sides of border I

f there are any doubts about the meaningful. 2010 Winter Olympic spirit, they It symbolized the First Nations have been dashed this week with involvement in these Games, and the strong the overwhelming enthusiasm about the connections between Canada and the U.S. Games. that were strengthened when Mahre took This enthusiasm was, most appropriately, the torch onto U.S. soil before running back lit by the Olympic torch run. It through the Peace Arch. passed through Surrey, White Rock Frank Bucholtz Both Premier Gordon Campbell and Delta on Monday and Tuesday. and Washington Governor Crowds lined the streets, from the Christine Gregoire were on hand moment the Olympic flame entered for this special event. Surrey in Cloverdale on Monday The torch run continued to make afternoon until it passed over to its way through Delta later on Richmond from Delta later on Tuesday – again attracting large Tuesday. crowds wherever it went. In Cloverdale, thousands of The torch run has been an people (including children from 32 amazing success. Making its way all schools) were on hand while the across Canada, into many remote flame passed through the town. villages and isolated communities, The entire torch run took just eight it has brought the Olympics up minutes, yet most who were there close to many. felt they are part of the 2010 Winter Hundreds of thousands of people Olympics. have seen it pass by. Many have run The excitement built as the torch went with the torch, or at the very least had the through other parts of Surrey, from city opportunity to talk to a torch bearer. hall north into Fleetwood, Guildford and There has been lots of negativity about the Whalley. About 24,000 people were on Games in the past few years, and some of hand at Holland Park for the giant the questions raised are important community celebration, cheering ones. But one simple fact The Games as Olympic gold medallist and remains – the Games are here, the are here, the proud Surrey resident Daniel Igali community and the country have community and embraced them, and the spirit carried the flame on its last lap the country have embodied by the torch run has into the ceremony. What makes the size of the embraced them, had a lot to do with kindling a crowd more amazing was the flame of enthusiasm. and the spirit bright lack of parking near the Winter The next two weeks will be a embodied by the terrific experience. Olympics ceremonial site at Holland Park. Many people will see Olympic torch run has There was no parking within had a lot to do events up close; others will watch blocks, and Surrey’s internal them on television or go to with kindling a community venues like Holland transit service isn’t on the scale of bright flame of Park to be part of a much larger Vancouver’s. People found a way there anyway. gathering. enthusiasm. The Tuesday morning torch There will be all sorts of things run, which began just after 6 to do there every day of the a.m. in South Surrey and went into White Olympics – except Mondays and Tuesdays, Rock and down to the Peace Arch, also when it will be closed. drew large crowds — even more incredible No matter where you see the Games, they because of the early-morning hour. are now an indelible part of each of us who People wanted to be part of the torch run was fortunate enough to witness the torch and this was their chance. The ceremonial run. run by Rayne Williams of the Semiahmoo Frank Bucholtz writes Fridays for the First Nation, who passed the torch to U.S. Peace Arch News. He is the editor of the Olympian Phil Mahre, was particularly Langley Times.

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Fri February 12 2010 PAN  

Complete February 12, 2010 issue of the Peace Arch News newspaper as it appeared in print. For more online, all the time, see www.peacearchn...

Fri February 12 2010 PAN  

Complete February 12, 2010 issue of the Peace Arch News newspaper as it appeared in print. For more online, all the time, see www.peacearchn...