Olympic Torch Relay: Who Will Be The Last Torchbearer?
As the 2010 Vancouver Olympics are drawing near, the Olympic Torch Relay that kicked off on October 30 is entering its final days. The relay will end at the BC Place Stadium on February 12 when the last torchbearer lights up the Olympic cauldron with billions of people around the world watching. But, the identity of the person who will carry the Olympic flame last has been kept secret from the public by Olympic organizers. In the past Olympics, people like Muhammad Ali, Rafer Johnson and Cathy Freeman were chosen to light up the cauldron. But, who will Canada choose?
We have compiled a list of Canadians who we think stand a good chance of being given an honour of being the last Olympic torchbearer at the 2010 Games:
- Cindy Klassen: speed skater, Canada's most decorated Olympian with six medals earned in two Olympics.
- Wayne Gretsky: "the Great One," arguably Canada's most famous athlete who was also named "the greatest hockey player of all time."
- Terry Fox (mother Betty Fox): Canada's most famous humanitarian who organized the Marathon of Hope to raise funds for cancer research. Fox died at 22, but is survived by his parents and siblings. Many Canadians believe Terry Fox's mother Betty Fox should get the honour of being the last torchbearer.
- Rick Hansen: a paraplegic athlete behind "Man In Motion" world tour, an activist for people with spinal cord injuries.
- Steve Nash: Canada's most famous basketball player and philanthropist who made it onto the Time's list of 100 most influential people in the world. Nash is the recipient of the Order of Canada.
- David Suzuki: famous Canadian scholar and environmentalist advocating sustainability, recipient of the Order of Canada.
What is your take? Whom would you nominate?