Since the Winter Olympics, to be held in Sochi, Russia is almost upon us, I can’t help but think back to the 2010 Winter Olympics held here in Vancouver. The excitement was palpable. The competition was fierce, the crowds were huge, and everyone was sporting at least one Olympic souvenir.
Royal City Jewellers and Loans Ltd. also has a souvenir, a 2010 Olympic Torch, that was carried by a runner in the Olympic Torch relay from Spaniard’s Bay, Newfoundland to Bay Roberts, Newfoundland.
The Olympic Torch Relay is the transfer of the Olympic Flame from ancient Olympia Greece-where the first Olympic games were held thousands of years ago-to the stadium of the city hosting the current Olympic games. The flame arrives just in time for opening ceremony.
For the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the flame was lit in Olympia on October 22, 2009. It then travelled from Greece, over the North Pole to Canada’s high Arctic and on to the West Coast and Vancouver.
In Canada, the torch travelled approximately 45,000 Kilometers (28,000 miles) over 106 days, making it the longest relay route within one country in Olympic history. The Olympic Torch was carried by approximately 12,000 Canadians and reached over 1,000 communities.1
1. enwikipediadm.org/wiki/2010 winter olympics