Friday, January 1, 2010


It's been a frustrating few days - having pictures and not being able to see them all or edit them! We had three people taking pictures on the day Neil carried the torch, but we couldn't get the pictures from one camera and my photo program decided to give me problems for the very first time - grrrr!

We learned a lot - there are 12,000 torch bearers in this relay and Canada actually had to ask special permission to extend it from the rule of 100 days to 106 days, so we could complete the relay. It is the longest torch relay in Olympic history and it was amazing to take part in it.

There were 11 torch bearers in our segment - we met some amazing people. You could feel the excitement, as they boarded the bus, to take them to their drop off points. It was certainly a day we won't ever forget, even though the temperature was -20 degrees. At least it was bright and sunny. Neil had been a little concerned, as he has an injured knee, but he managed just fine. We thank Coca Cola for allowing us to take part and for the treasured gift of the torch. Here are some of our pictures from that day - I hope you enjoy them!

Geting ready

Callie, the first other torch bearer we met
Briefing from the Olympic Relay organizers

Trying out the torch
I get to see the torch for the first time

Our son Neal with Neil and the torch

Torch Bearers

Security with the Relay

Starting his turn

On his way

Carring the torch

We love our Olympic Torch Bearer
A fun moment, trying not to think about the cold!

Lighting Callie's torch

Neil, Sarah & Corson

I made it!!

Last torch bearer arrives the the Centre

Torch to torch
Group picture

Sarah, Corson and Neil
Neil, Corson and Sparky
Corson finally got the torch to himself - he really wanted to run with it LOL!
The torch comes home with us - thank you Coca Cola!


FenBeary Folk said...

What fabulous pictures, you must be so proud

Brenda said...

Thanks so much, Sue! It's still seems a bit unreal, but we are definitely proud Canadians, after that day.



ginger@bearbits said...

Hi Brenda,

I was so excited and thrilled to read about the torch relay from someone who had been there and had been a part of it. How very special for all of you. What a very memorable event to be a part of. Thank you so much for posting the photos and letting your readers get a glimpse of such a wonderful, unique and once-in-a-lifetime event! Congratulations to all of you!!!!!


Brenda said...

Thank you, Ginger! It was definitely a "once in a lifetime" moment!



Karen ~ Cider Antiques said...

What a great day for Neil! A once in a life time experience, that is for sure! Great pictures too :)


Brenda said...

Thanks Karen - it would have been fun to have you guys there to help us cheer Neil on. Too bad the weather hasn't co-operated this winter. We'll get together soon.


the lady loves bears said...

How wonderful you all must be very proud, to carry the torch what an honour (not to sure about the -20?)what a great thrill for everyone congratulations to you all.


Brenda said...

Thanks so much, Raewyn It was so exciting to be a part of it all.