. . . this time it was destined for a modern, secular purpose. The priestess transferred the sacred fire to a Torchbearer of the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia . . . . Canadian, eh? How can you tell? Bet that toque and those mitts were pretty hot under the Grecian sun.
The sacred flame was then brought to Canada in a miner's lamp. The mayor of Vancouver carried it off the plane.
So is the Olympic Flame tucked away in a safe spot until the opening of the Olympic Games in February, 2010? Oh no -- it's being used instead to light an endless series of Olympic torches that thousands of Canadians are carrying in a huge cross-country relay run. The miner's lamp rides along in a camper van accompanying them.
Torchbearers started running in the Maritimes on the East Coast and are making their way westward through every province and territory. The Olympic Flame is being carried through large cities, small cities and innumerable towns . . .
. . . and through more remote areas of Canada as well.
It even showed up in the federal House of Commons in Ottawa, carried by Barbara Ann Scott. She won figure skating gold in the 1948 Olympics and, at 81, is still a national icon in Canada.
All along the route, Canadians have been enthusiastic, no matter what the weather conditions . . .