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141 days to go – Transporting the Olympic Flame across the Atlantic!!

September 23, 2009

I was asked an excellent question by my friend Elspeth after yesterday’s post.  I had reported that a trial “Torch Relay” was to take place today in the Fraser Valley (sounds like it was very successful, with good learning points).  I also reported that the Olympic Torch will be lit on October 22nd in Greece before being flown to Victoria.  Considering our current air transportation rules where nail clippers are outlawed and shoes are x-rayed, how on earth do they get the flame from Greece to Victoria??

The Olympic Torch with (non-Olympic) Flame

The Olympic Torch with (non-Olympic) Flame

So I’ve done some digging to explain the whole story a bit more clearly.  On October 22nd, the Olympic Torch will be lit in Olympia, Greece.  If the Torch lighting ceremony follows the same plan as the Beijing 2008  ceremony then the Torch will be lit at the Hera Temple of ancient Olympia by a priestess.  The Flame is lit from the sun striking a concave, burnished steel bowl.  The Torch will then travel through Greece on a short relay tour before being taken aboard a chartered plane operated by the Department of National Defense on October 29th.

The lighting of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch held by Maria Nafpliotou, a Grecian actress

The lighting of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch held by Maria Nafpliotou, a Grecian actress.

Before boarding the flight the Flame will be transferred to one or more small lanterns, much like a miner’s lantern, for transport on the plane.  The Torch and Flame have their own team of guardians to ensure that the flame does not go out (this is why more than one lantern may be lit).  It also helps that the Flame will be travelling on a chartered flight so it will be safe from prying eyes and have more space to itself.  The Torch Relay is quite the journey!  The Canadian portion of the tour will take 106 days and travel over 45,000 km!  Very exciting!!  I can’t wait for it to start!!

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Other news – Did you buy a Vancouver Sun today to support the Raise a Reader program??  If not, click the link to donate to this wonderful campaign to “generate funds for local literacy programs and increase awareness about the importance of encouraging family literacy”.  Folks from the Canucks, the Lions, the Whitecaps, the Vancouver Canadians, firefighters, police officers, Olympians and others all gathered in Vancouver to help to raise money and I’d like to thank them for doing so!  I have an ulterior motive for mentioning this event as well… In today’s Vancouver Sun they also did a 5-page spread on Olympic Venues which was neat.  Check it out if you grabbed the paper!

Oh!!  I just found out that my co-worker Krystal made it onto CTV news at 6pm!!  She was in line to get her catch-up CTV pin and had on her handmade Quatchi hat!!  I’ve been promised photos!!  I will post them once I get them!

Tamara from BC tv and my co-worker Krystal with the Quatchi hat she made herself!!

Tamara from BC tv and my co-worker Krystal with the Quatchi hat she made herself!!

Have you seen the “With Glowing Hearts” commercial on tv yet?  If not, check it out here!!  Every time I see this commercial I cry with excitement and joy.  I know that may be a bit lame but I really am that excited and hope that you are beginning to be as well!  With only the Olympic Torch Relay starts in Victoria and only 141 days to go until the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games… with only 160 days until the Paralympic Torch Relay starts and 169 days until the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games there is a lot to be excited about.  Check out the video and maybe some of the others on the Vancouver 2010 website, they’ll help you get in the mood!

"With Glowing Hearts" - The Official Olympic and Paralympic Posters

"With Glowing Hearts" - The Official Olympic and Paralympic Posters

Thank you!  Merci!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Robyn permalink
    September 24, 2009 8:10 pm

    Thanks Andrea for writing about my encounter with the stranded tourist,the other part of the story was he was going to give me his lap top,for exchange.I couldn`t take his lap top not even if I really need one.LOL
    He had his journey of the last month of rock climing in the rockys.

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