Wayne Gretzky, Nancy Greene, Steve Nash Light Olympic Cauldron
Wayne Gretzky, Nancy Greene, Steve Nash and Catriona Le May Doan lit the Olympic cauldron to kick off the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, BC, with an assist from Rick Hansen.
Canadian flag bearer Clara Hughes, who led Canada's largest Winter Olympic contingent — 206 athletes in all — into BC Place as upwards of 60,000 fans cheered.
The final torchbearer has been shrouded in secrecy for weeks, as a variety of famous Canadian names were brought up at one point. Guesses included Gretzky, Terry Fox's mother Betty Fox, Man in Motion Rick Hanson, Olympic figure skater Barbara Ann Scott and alpine ski queen Nancy Greene Raine.
But it was Gretzky, Nash, Green Doan and Hanson together who were chosen to light the Olympic Cauldron. The group has combined MVPs, gold medals, charities and countless other accomplishments in their lifetimes.
Gretzky was then driven through the streets of Vancouver to light the second outdoor flame.
The ceremony also included performances from well-known Canadian performers Bryan Adams and Nelly Furtado, as well as singer Sarah McLachlan. Other highlights included a snowboarder leaping through the Olympic rings, and an intricate performance by members of the Four Host First Nations. This is the first Games where the host country recognized indigenous people as partners in an Olympic Games.