Olympics Day 1 and Homespunspa Was There!

Posted by Maria on October 30, 2009 under Fitness, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Photo gallery, Uncategorized, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games | 3 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, citizen journalist

The Olympic torch blew through my town today.

I found out by fluke that the Olympic Torch Relay for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games was actually coming through my little town of Saanichton, BC. And on Day 1 of all days. I had no idea when I was blogging about Centennial Park two days ago that I would be blogging about my neighborhood again so soon.

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay began on October 30th, 2009 in Victoria, British Columbia. The Olympic Flame was originally lit in Olympia, Greece on October 22nd, 2009. The Olympic flame will crisscross Canada over the next 106 days, visiting 1000 communities.

I love the Olympics because the athletes show us the amazing strength and beauty of the human body and spirit. And the Games bring people together.

I like to think of myself as an athletic supporter ;>

Day 1 Olympic Torch Relay for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games – A Photo Essay

Olympic Torch Relay Interactive Map Screen Shot

Olympic Torch Relay Interactive Map Screen Shot

Photo by Maria Koropecky

The neighbours are starting to gather at City Hall. Photo by Maria Koropecky

From City Hall. Photo by Maria Koropecky

From Mt. Newton and Wallace. Photo by Maria Koropecky

A Canadian flag. Photo by Maria Koropecky

A Canadian flag. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Relay 3 and Vancouver 2010. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Relay 3 and Vancouver 2010. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Brian the next runner steps off the bus. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Brian the next runner steps off the bus. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Interview. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

He bought his torch for $300. Nice souvenir. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Brian is one of 12,000 relay runners. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Brian in his uniform and me wearing my Whistler turtleneck and Whistler toque

Brian in his uniform and me wearing my Whistler turtleneck and Whistler toque

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Security. Photo by Maria Koropecky

"We haven't had this much excitement around here in 15 years," said the lady in the Hawaiian shirt. Photo by Maria Koropecky

"We haven't had this much excitement around here in 15 years," said the lady in the Hawaiian shirt. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Parade float #1. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Parade float #2. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

More security. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Here comes the transfer. Photo by Maria Koropecky

This is where the relay part comes in. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Setting up the transfer of the flame. Photo by Maria Koropecky

We have lift off. Photo by Maria Koropecky

We have lift off. Photo by Maria Koropecky

And Brian is off and running. Photo by Maria Koropecky

And Brian is off and running. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

Onward! Photo by Maria Koropecky

It happend so fast. Photo by Maria Koropecky

One brief shining moment. Photo by Maria Koropecky

There he goes. Photo by Maria Koropecky

There he goes. Photo by Maria Koropecky

Photo by Maria Koropecky

After all of that waiting, it happend so fast. Photo by Maria Koropecky

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  • Debbie said,

    Oh my goodness! There was way more to the torch festivities that I had imagined! So glad you were there to capture it for the rest of us who had to work. Thanks, Maria. Great pictures!!

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