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February 12, 2009
The countdown is on for Canada’s Games:Toronto gets ready for 2010 Winter Games excitement and the arrival of the Olympic Flame
The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are just around the corner. With just 365 days remaining before the Games period starts, Toronto is having a countdown of its own: only 309 days until it is the community’s time to shine when the Olympic Flame arrives here!

Before the world sets its eyes on Vancouver and the Whistler region where thousands of athletes and tens of thousands of spectators will join in to celebrate, Toronto will light up as one of the 1,020 communities and places of interest the Olympic Flame will visit during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola and RBC and supported by the Government of Canada.

“We are extremely excited to share in the spirit of 2010 and welcome the Olympic Flame to our city on December 17, 2009 as it makes its way across Canada,” said Mayor David Miller. “On that date, all eyes will be on our city. Our planning for this exciting day is well underway, and we continue to develop ways for all Torontonians to come together, celebrate and show our Olympic and Canadian spirit.”

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay is a 106-day celebration that starts in Victoria, British Columbia on October 30, 2009. The Olympic Flame will travel over 45,000 kilometres across Canada, making it the longest domestic relay in Olympic history. Over the course of the relay, 12,000 torchbearers will have the opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame. They will largely be selected from the public through programs offered by Coca-Cola and RBC. Residents of Toronto and the surrounding area are invited to go to and to submit a torchbearer application for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“One of the most inspiring ways to get involved in the Olympic experience as it sweeps across Canada is to help escort that magnificent Olympic Flame,” said John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). “Everyday Canadians have the opportunity to sign up to become Olympic Torchbearers and have the experience of a lifetime.”

As part of the one-year countdown celebrations, on February 12, 2009 the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch, designed and manufactured by Bombardier, and the Olympic Torchbearer uniforms, designed by the Hudson’s Bay Company, were unveiled to the world in Whistler, BC. For more information about the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, visit

Media contact:
Duncan H. Ross, Senior Advisor, Major International Events and Special Projects,



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