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No. 15 - Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky was among the honorees to light the Olympic cauldron
Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky gave the Canadian fans something to cheer about when he lit the Olympic cauldron to close the Opening Ceremony.
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One of the most closely guarded secrets heading into any Olympics is the identity of the person honored with lighting the Olympic cauldron during the Opening Ceremony to mark the start of the Games.
In Vancouver that honor didn’t go to a single person but instead four Canadian star athletes. Speed skater Catriona Le May Doan, NBA star Steve Nash, skier Nancy Greene and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky were designated to light the four-pronged Olympic cauldron. However, due to a hydraulic malfunction, the arm that was to be lit by Le May Doan didn’t raise properly, so she stood by while the other three lit the cauldron.
Gretzky then jogged out of the stadium and was escorted across the city to light a second cauldron at an outdoor location near Vancouver Harbour.