Olympic Torch to Pass Through Rossland
The Olympic Flame will pass through Rossland on its way towards the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay will begin its 106-day Canadian journey on October 30, 2009 and is scheduled to pass through Rossland on January 24, 2010. The Flame’s pan-Canadian journey will culminate on February 12, 2010 when it arrives in Vancouver for the Opening Ceremony before a global viewing audience of billions. “Rossland has a proud Olympic heritage. From Nancy Green to Kerrin Lee-Gartner to George Grey, Rossland residents, young and old, are inspired by our past and future champions,” said outgoing mayor Gordon Smith. “Rossland is looking forward to embracing the spirit of the 2010 games as the Olympic Torch Relay passes through our community. This is an exciting opportunity for the City to work together with local businesses, schools, seniors and community service groups to welcome the world to Rossland in the lead up to the opening of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010,” said mayor-elect Greg Granstrom. Granstom is also excited about opportunity for Rossland citizens to carry the torch through the community. The relay’s presenting partners are currently looking for Canadian applicants who commit to live healthier or are inspired to create a stronger country by volunteering or making sustainable choices. There will be several opportunities to apply for torchbearer spots beginning on November 21, 2008. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay route will be the longest domestic Torch Relay in Olympic history, stretching over 45,000 kilometres throughout Canada. Upon its conclusion, the Olympic Flame will have been welcomed in over 1,000 communities and passed within a one-hour radius of more than 90 per cent of the entire Canadian population. –submitted.