Opening ceremony disappoints Terry Fox's mom

By QMI Agency

The mother of Terry Fox says she's disappointed the legacy of her late son wasn't given a more prominent place in the Olympic opening ceremony Friday night.

In a television interview Saturday, Betty Fox said it was "disappointing" her legendary son didn't play a more significant role in the event that marked the beginning of the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Fox, who carried the Olympic flag at the event, said the Fox family was never approached about her son's image being used in the ceremony.

"I would have been so honoured to have represented our son in that way," Fox said in the interview. "It was a little disappointing."

The cauldron was lit by Wayne Gretzky, Catriona Le May Doan, Steve Nash, Rick Hansen and Nancy Greene Raine.

In 1980, Terry Fox captivated millions when, after losing a leg to cancer, he attempted to run across Canada. His Marathon of Hope raised millions of dollars and his legacy lives on today.

Fox died at age 22 on June 28, 1981.

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