Torch ceremony at Canada Olympic Park
WinSport officially launched Sochi Fan Central on Thursday, with the ceremonial lighting of the 1988 Olympic cauldron at Canada Olympic Park. The park will host a number of activities to celebrate the 2014 Olympics including Russian themed food and drink specials at the 88 Lounge and a giant screen located at the base of the hill that will be showing all of the highlights and action from Sochi.
Photos by Allison Drinnan
Published on February 7, 2014
Olympic silver medalist for bobsled, and current WinSport community relation's manager, Helen Upperton addresses the crowd gathered around the cauldron at Canada Olympic Park on Thursday. "Many host cities have allowed their facilities to fall into disrepair once the Olympic flame is snuffed out," says Upperton. "That cannot be said here in Calgary."
Frank King was the head of the organizing committee for the 1988 Olympics hosted by Calgary. He waves to the crowd standing next to a building at Canada Olympic Park, which is named after him – the Frank King Day Lodge.
"This is a great day for us and a great day for WinSport, our history and our roots," says president and CEO of WinSport Barry Heck. He also pays tribute to Frank King whom he calls a "good friend" and a "wonderful Calgarian."
Warren Shouldice competed as a freestyle skier in the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games for Canada. He holds the torch next to Frank King at Canada Olympic Park.
Jason Myslicki is one of the former Canadian Olympic athletes chosen to hold the torch at COP on Thursday. Myslicki competed in Nordic combined in the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games.
Robyn Ainsworth and 2014 Olympic ski jumper Alexandra Pretorius climb the stairs on Thursday to light the cauldron at Canada Olympic Park to kick off the celebration of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Ainsworth was the 1988 Olympic cauldron lighter in Calgary when the games were hosted here.
Ainsworth and Pretorius pose for the crowd and media on a cold afternoon in Calgary. The pair was chosen to light the cauldron and are said to represent Olympic past and future. Pretorius was supposed to go to Sochi to compete, but is unable to attend due to injury.
It may have been cold but the sun shines at Canada Olympic Park as the Calgary cauldron ceremony comes to a close. Ainsworth and Pretorius are all smiles despite the freezing temperatures.