"When they hold it in their hands, I want them to be proud."
- Leo Obstbaum, VANOC's chief designer.
Judging by the torchbearers Pique has spoken to there will be little doubt of that. Due to space constraints, Pique was unable to profile all Whistler torchbearers running in Whistler. Here is a snapshot of some more locals, each carrying the flame 300 metres on its journey.
The flame will leave Brackendale at 11:39 a.m. on Friday.
It will detour to Whistler Olympic Park, site of all the 2010 Nordic events. There will be limited space for public viewing as there are only about 200 parking spots and no shuttle service to bring people from the Brandywine snowmobile lot to the start of the relay at the venue. The parking will be on a first come, first serve basis. The relay begins at 12:28 p.m. at the venue and will finish at 3:51 p.m. at the highway.
• Dr. Rob Burgess, Whistler resident for 31 years, Whistler Olympic Park, 12:44, chosen by RMOW.
• Benoit Renault, RBC employee chosen by his colleagues, Whistler Olympic Park, around 4 p.m.
The flame arrives in Whistler at 4:01 p.m. beginning on the highway just south of Function Junction.
• John Blok, personal trainer, Crabapple Drive, 5:40 p.m., chosen by RBC.
• Heather Paul, systems analyst, Village Stroll to Skiers Approach, 6:35 p.m., chosen by RMOW.
Just before 7 p.m. Tyler Allison, Whistler community torchbearer, will carry the flame on the final leg of its journey on Day 99 and light the 1.3-metre high celebration cauldron in Skiers Plaza.
The next day, Day 100 on Feb. 6, the torch relay will begin early in the morning, traveling through Whistler on its way to Pemberton, Mount Currie and Lil'wat, ending in Merritt.
• Cate Webster, first torch runner of Day 100 - 7 a.m., from municipal hall to Village Gate Boulevard, one of the two Whistler Blackcomb torchbearers chosen by the municipality.
• Carter Faulkner, Grade 9 student at Whistler Secondary School, Lorimer Road, chosen by RBC.
• Anne Hale, 8:27 a.m. Pemberton, start on Prospect Street, chosen by RBC.
• Tanya Goertzen, 9:41 a.m., running in Mount Currie at the New Site, Black Bear Road down the Main Street, chosen by Coca Cola.
The community is welcome to meet the Whistler torchbearers at the first community open house at Whistler Canada Olympic House (the library) on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be cake, live music and activities for the whole family.