Toronto Mike

Terry Fox Should Carry the Torch and Light the Olympic Cauldron


Just yesterday we were discussing who will be the final torchbearer tonight as the Olympics kick off in Vancouver.

Since I wrote that entry, we've been told it won't be Wayne Gretzky.  I'm sure we'll see Wayne tonight, but he won't be the person lighting the Olympic cauldron inside BC Place.

It's safe to say it will be one of these nine people.

  • Terry Fox
  • Betty Fox
  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Nancy Greene Raine
  • Rick Hansen
  • Barbara Ann Scott
  • Michael J. Fox
  • Joe Sakic
  • Gaetan Boucher

Yes, I've included Terry Fox on that list.  Terry passed away in 1981, but he's the reason I raise money and run in the Terry Fox Run every year.  He continues to inspire my kids, and I sincerely consider him the greatest Canadian.

A hologram of Terry Fox, perhaps with his mother, lighting the Olympic cauldron, makes the most sense.  No living Canadian epitomizes the spirit of amateur athletics the way Terry does.

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