Identity of Torch Bearer Remains a Mystery

Mother of marathoner, Wayne Gretzky on short list to light Olympic fire
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2010 4:05 PM CST

(Newser) – Speculation is running wild in Canada about who will light the Olympic cauldron at tonight's opening ceremony. Wayne Gretzky is a popular, if obvious, guess, but many hope the honor will fall to Betty Fox. Fox is the mother of Terry Fox, the late marathon runner who ran across Canada on a prosthetic leg while stricken with osteosarcoma to raise money for cancer research.

Still others hope it will be wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen, while the government would prefer an aboriginal athlete, CNN reports. The organizing committee CEO says he's pleased the choice has remained a secret. "I have gone to bed and woke up every day for the last 90 days praying I wouldn't see it on the front page of the papers," says John Furlong. "And so far it hasn't."

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