Flame still burns for Calgary Olympics

Olympian Kristina Groves lights the cauldron as Calgary marked the 25th anniversary of the 1988...

Olympian Kristina Groves lights the cauldron as Calgary marked the 25th anniversary of the 1988 Olympic Games Wednesday. Photo by Darren Makowichuk/Calgary Sun.

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

The 1988 Olympics may have happened 25 years ago, but the spirit still burns in Calgary.

And from now until Feb. 28, the flame will be burning at the Olympic Oval, celebrating the anniversary of the XV Winter Olympics that forever changed our city and the sporting landscape in Canada.

On Wednesday morning during the anniversary of the opening ceremonies that took place at McMahon Stadium, a mini-torch relay took place to get things started.

First, it was 1964 Olympic gold-medallist Roger Jackson who brought the torch to young speed skaters Suzanne Hamilton and Jack Diebert, 12, who took it for a spin around the Oval ice.

They handed it to Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who carried it outside to light a torch held by University of Calgary president Elizabeth Cannon.

The pair then passed one off for Kristina Groves, and the retired speed skater fired up the cauldron.


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