February 9, 2010

Washington state hosts Olympic Torch for two minutes

Woo! The Olympic Torch in the state of Washington! ... for about two minutes. But hey, it's the thought that counts right?

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — The Winter Olympics torch made its only visit to the United States for a ceremony Tuesday at the Peace Arch border crossing in Blaine.

The torch was carried by skier Phil Mahre (mehr) of Yakima who won medals at the 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid and the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo.

Mahre was cheered by a crowd of several thousand people, waving U.S. and Canadian flags and signs with the Olympics rings.

A childrens choir from nearby White Rock, B.C., sang the U.S. and Canadian anthems.

Gov. Chris Gregoire and British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell applauded as Mahre lit a cauldron at the Peace Arch. A Canadian runner carries the torch back into British Columbia where the games begin Friday at Vancouver.

I can't say that I've ever been to Blaine, but it's a town of about 4,000 people and has the nickname of The Peace Arch City. No word yet on if the torch set any fires in that town.

(This is from Just Northwest)

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