What Did You Think of Canada’s Choice of Wayne Gretzky as the Final Olympics Torch Bearer?

There’s been a lot of anticipation, debate and polling over the past week on who would be the final torch bearer for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

After Rick Hansen, Catriona LeMay Doan, Steve Nash, Nancy Greene, it was the Great Wayne Gretzky as highly speculated. Technically, he did not light the torch at the ceremonies, as all but Rick Hansen were supposed to have lit a torch.

But technically, in more ways than one, that didn’t happen, either. That hydraulic system raising the five torches could have used some Viagra. Only three of four got up. The fourth one couldn’t manage.

How embarrassing! The world was watching and we couldn’t get it up!

Catriona LeMay Doan was left standing without lighting the torch. So sad, as it’s a great honour and it got taken away on a technicality.

Wayne then went off to light the Olympics cauldron outdoors because technically, there has to be a cauldron lit that could be seen for miles around, and that can’t happen with the torch in BC Place where the ceremonies took place.

So what did you think of the choice to have the Great Wayne light the torch? And if you didn’t like it, who did you think should have been given the honour? Serious choices preferred, but don’t let your sense of humour or creativity through.

I was all for Wayne, myself. 🙂

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2 thoughts on “What Did You Think of Canada’s Choice of Wayne Gretzky as the Final Olympics Torch Bearer?

  1. Can’t believe we couldn’t find an outstanding Canadian athlete that lives on Canadian soil to light the torch! what about Ken Read???

    • The Olympics is an international event, and as Canada’s ambassador to our national sport, to spread hockey like nobody else has done abroad, I couldn’t think of anyone better than Wayne. Think big, my friend. Think big!

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