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February 27, 2006
Vancouver set to shine
By JOHN PIGEON -- 24 Hours Vancouver

It's our turn, Vancouver.

Canadian Olympians may have walked away from Turin with 24 medals but Vancouver was the big winner today as mayor Sam Sullivan began his journey home with the Olympic flag.

"I think it is a really good opportunity to show off Vancouver to the world," said Terry Sullivan, who watched with his parents in downtown Vancouver as his brother accepted the flag. "He's gone from having everything done for him and now there he is in Turin accepting the Olympic flag for Canada."

Sullivan made history as the first quadriplegic to receive the Olympic flag.

Thousands of people made their way to Library Square in downtown Vancouver to watch the closing ceremony on a big screen and celebrate the passing of the flag.

"Working together to make the Vancouver games successful is something my countrymen and I are very happy to do," said Uberto Vanni d'Archirafi, Consul-General for the Italian embassy. "I'm looking forward to 2010 and hope to be here when the Games start."

The downtown party included Italian food concessions paying tribute to our fellow Olympic city.

The Olympic flag will be raised tomorrow at 11 a.m. outside Vancouver City Hall.


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