15 international torchbearers join Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay that launches today.
CTC collaborated with VANOC to select runners, lend celebrity glitz to largest domestic relay in Olympic history.
by CTC News Staff 30 October 2009
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The waiting is over. Today, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay gets underway in Victoria, BC, the start of a 45,000-km (28,000-mi) odyssey crisscrossing Canada from coast to coast to coast. Of the 12,000 torchbearers, there are 15 confirmed international ones chosen by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) in collaboration with the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), lending extra celebrity lustre.
The commission’s objective for the project is to generate media buzz for “Canada’s Games” in its nine key markets around the world and two emerging markets by inviting local celebs, athletes and VIPs to Canada to run with the legendary flame.
It’s the largest domestic relay in Olympic history: 12,000 torchbearers on a journey through 1,000-plus communities in every Canadian province and territory. Supported by the Government of Canada, the relay is presented by Coca-Cola and RBC.
The relay finishes in Vancouver, BC, on Feb. 12, 2010, as the curtain rises on the 2010 Winter Games.
Here’s the CTC/VANOC list in full:
Nov. 1: Speed skater Chun Lee-Kyung from South Korea in Tofino, BC.
Nov. 4: Aerial skier Alisa Camplin from Australia in Dawson City, YT.
Nov. 9: TV commentator Mary Carillo from the US in Iqaluit, NU.
Nov. 12: Figure skater Katarina Witt from Germany in L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, NL.
Nov. 17: Short track speed skater Ikue Teshigawara from Japan in Port Hawkesbury, NS.
Nov. 22: Short track speed skater Yang Yang from China in Summerside, PEI.
Nov. 24: Swimmer Cesár Cielo from Brazil at Hopewell Rocks, NB.
Dec. 3: Tennis player Nicolas Kiefer from Germany in La Cité, Québec City, QC.
Dec. 17: Bollywood star Akshay Kumar from India in Toronto, ON.
Jan. 7: Former ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards from the UK in Winnipeg, MB.
Jan. 11: Figure skater and TV commentator Philippe Candeloro from France in Wanuskewin Heritage Park, just north of Saskatoon, SK.
Jan. 19: Opera singer Anna Maria Kaufmann from Germany in Calgary, AB.
Jan. 25: Speed skater Ye Qiaobo from China in Osoyoos, BC.
Feb. 5: Torchbearer to be announced for Whistler, BC.
Feb. 11: Torchbearer to be announced for Burnaby, BC.