Winter Olympics torch visits US at Blaine - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Winter Olympics torch visits US at Blaine

















(Skier Phil Mahre and Washington Governor Christine Gregoire at the
Peace Arch border crossing in Blaine)


BLAINE, Wash. - The Winter Olympics torch made its only visit to the United States for a ceremony Tuesday at the Peace Arch border crossing in Blaine.
      
The torch was carried by skier Phil Mahre of Yakima who won medals at the 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid and the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo.
      
Mahre was cheered by a crowd of several thousand people, waving U.S. and Canadian flags and signs with the Olympics rings.
      
A children's choir from nearby White Rock, B.C., sang the U.S. and Canadian anthems.
      
Gov. Chris Gregoire and British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell applauded as Mahre lit a cauldron at the Peace Arch.

A Canadian runner will carry the torch back into British Columbia where the games begin Friday at Vancouver.

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