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Olympians, Artists and Unsung Heroes

8th January 2010

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay is now 70 days into its historic journey across Canada and has reached Winnipeg, Manitoba. Over the course of its journey so far, the flame has been carried by a number of current and former Olympians, artists from various fields and numerous unsung heroes, who work tirelessly in the background to help others.

Summer and Winter

Olympians from both the summer and winter Games have been, and will be, key players in carrying the flame from Victoria to Vancouver. From celebrities from previous Games like Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards, who competed in ski jumping in Calgary in 1988, to current day stars like Cesar Cielo, who won the 50m men’s freestyle in Beijing, and local heroes like Barbara Ann Scott – gold medal in figure skating in 1948 in St Moritz - the Vancouver Relay has ensured that Olympians from across the world have been prominent in spreading the Olympic values to Canada and the world.  


Culture is also a very important part of the Olympic Games, as shown by the exceptional Cultural Olympiad that Vancouver 2010 is lining-up, and the Olympic Torch Relay is a testament to that with artists such as Shania Twain and Akshay Kumar having been torchbearers along the route. The Relay celebrations have also been full of music, with shows by the Relay’s presenting partners and local groups and singers.

Make it better

In addition to these worldwide celebrities, there have also been hundreds of unsung heroes that have helped the flame on its way. People like Darren Zembik from St. Andrew’s in Manitoba, who volunteers hours of his time to help the town’s local hockey players to play in a facility that they can be proud of and in the best possible conditions. Or 19 year-old Mina Hashish from Halifax in Nova Scotia, who volunteers at the Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association, the IWK Health Centre’s Child Life Department, and with a pharmacist. She also studies and works as a lifeguard and swimming instructor. These unsung heroes are a key part of what makes the Relay a special event and promotes the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.


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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