At the end of a sunny but cold day, the Olympic torch came to Richmond, British Columbia, beginning its way in New Westminster and traveling in Delta before ending up at Minoru Park in Richmond.
Rick Hansen, a tireless volunteer from Richmond, was the final torchbearer who carried the torch on the wheelchair right to the stage located in O-Zone area next to the city hall. Before the torch finished its daily scheduled route, the O-Zone witnessed a huge influx of visitors who were being entertained by various artists and their shows right on the stadium in Minoru Park housing the final stage for the torch.
There were stilts performers, Chinese dragon holders and Uzume Taiko drummers. Everybody had a chance to take a picture with all these performers.
The stage was a place not only for fantastic performers “Delhi 2 Dublin” who found the way to connect Hindu tunes with Irish music that sounded as one, but also a presentation of the Games’ sponsors – Coca Cola and Royal Bank of Canada.
Olympic flame on the stage, flanked by Rick Hansen (left) and Mayor of Richmond, Malcolm Brodie (right) - screenshot from large outdoor display.
There was a strong atmosphere of patriotism, local pride of hosting the Games and Canadian unity. The crowd was cheering up their loud answers when asked from the stage, “are you feeling happy?” Red and white were dominating colours, both in what people were wearing and by holding small maple leaf flags. The outdoor event was thoroughly security checked and was free of charge.
performer on stilts - ceremony of Olympic torch, Richmond, BC, Canada
Although it has infamous past and murky tradition, Olympic torch has been a symbol of the Games for years. Some time ago, when spreading the word through the internet was not an everyday piece of cake, some people may haven’t known about that it strongly supported the Nazi Germany in 1936. Now, when BBC with its programs is so popular around the world and ever present under the roofs we live, everybody has a chance to get a little bit of education from the BBC website.
Ice Gate - frozen outdoor painting by BC artist Gordon Halloran, in front of Richmond City Hall
The reason why the torch bearing is still celebrated as a part of the Olympic show and tradition has been completely unclear. The question remains why some representatives of the International Olympic Committee still cannot step up in the official news media and clear this issue once and for all. If they don’t do that, then not only all the conspiracy theorists but also regular and detailed knowledge seekers will easily find the grist on their mills to provide all but alternative explanations.
“Delhi 2 Dublin” group, merging Hindu and Irish tunes, screenshot from large outdoor display.
It is also unclear why VANOC first put a short video shot by Hitler’s propagandist, Leni Riefenstahl in 1936 on the 2010 Olympic Games website. The video was then edited so that some Nazi salutes couldn’t be viewed and finally the Nazi torch bearing video was taken down from their website.