#1 Posted on 7.2.02 1043.24 Reposted on: 7.2.09 1059.09
The opening ceremonies are Friday night and so far no word has leaked as to who will light the Olympic Flame ? Could it be Dorothy Hamill or Peggy Fleming from Figure Skating fame ? Could it be one of the skiing Mahre Brothers ? Could it be Mike Eruzione from the 1980 Gold Medal Hockey Team ?
Or will the nWo punk out whoever has the flame and declare them the nWo-lympics ?
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#5 Posted on 7.2.02 1248.55 Reposted on: 7.2.09 1259.07
I'm guessing its a choice between Guilliani and some form of a group or one particular firefighter. Even if it is tradition to have athletes light the flame, I somehow doubt any complaints will be made. I originally would've went with Stockton passing it off to Malone (Both Olympic Gold Medalists) to finish the job. For what it's worth, I guessed Ali in '96, so my perfect avg. is on the line.
It still creeps me a little bit that the Olympic Flame idea was started by Hitler.
#15 Posted on 8.2.02 2233.54 Reposted on: 8.2.09 2241.05
DrewDewce called it perfectly...the whole 80's USA hockey team lit the flame. This has been a great event so far, lots of talent and heart definitly went into this opening ceremony...kudos to Salt Lake City.h
#18 Posted on 11.2.02 0542.53 Reposted on: 11.2.09 0544.57
Seeing the whole team light the flame was very cool.
I was talking with my wife last night about the 80 Olympics since she doesn't remember much of it (She was born in '74), and the amazing thing is I can remember a few of the highlights (Hockey win over the Russians and Eric Heiden winning 5 gold medals) and it happened 22 years ago. That is so weird to be getting to the age where I remember something that happened so long ago now.
Where is Eric Heiden? They make such a big deal out of Dan Jansen and he's covering these Olympics, but I've heard almost nothing about Heiden. Isn't he a doctor now or something? Maybe I missed it when the speed skating stuff started over the weekend.
#19 Posted on 11.2.02 0810.27 Reposted on: 11.2.09 0818.24
Eric Heiden is an orthopedic surgeon and is currently working with the US Speedskating Team. He was asked to carry the flame but not to light the cauldron - he declined the honor because he felt that anything short of lighting the cauldron would lessen his accomplishment.
I actually saw Eric Heiden win his 1,000M Gold Medal - we cut school for a few days under the guise of visiting colleges in the Northeast - a South Korean skater crashed into the wall right below us as we were leaving the Oval - our 4 smiling mugs were in the picture that wound up in our local NJ newspaper the next morning - our Headmaster met us at the door with paper in hand and asked how our visit to the various "colleges" went.....