It was a suitable party this morning when more than 12,000 people gathered at the new track and field stadium at Universite de Moncton to welcome the Olympic flame to our area. It had made its way over from PEI earlier in the day and went through Moncton last night.
The Olympic torch wound its way through Riverview and headed towards Fundy Park, Sussex, and on to Saint John. My wife and I watched as the torch was passed at the corner of Findlay and Whitepine which was station #29 on their list.
The Riverview Fire Department used one of their ladder trucks to hoist a huge Canadian Flag over the intersection. (See photo below.)
Also shown here, the Olympic flame is passed from Matt Ward, sitting down, to another runner I didn't know. (You can't see them in this shot, but there are hundreds of students from RHS all around cheering on the runners.)
It was really a magically moment to see all those teenagers, faces lit up and cheering for the runners and the flame. Part of the magic/mystery of the Olympics, I guess.
I think people get excited by the Olympics because they respect and understand just how hard these young athletes work, for so long, just for a shot at a Gold metal.
Anyone who has played competitive sports, of any kind and at any level, know how years of hard work can go for naught when a bit of bad luck happens. To win any championship you have to work a bit harder and be a bit luckier than your opponent.
It was great to have the opportunity to se the flame in person. Someday I will go to see a Winter Games.
Paul Burns is a sales associate with Century 21 Countryside Realty in Moncton, New Brunswick.