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LEADING OFF
March 11, 2010
THE GREAT ONE
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March 11, 2010

Leading Off

THE GREAT ONE

Participating in a ritual that originated at the ancient Olympics, Wayne Gretzky and three other Canadian athletes (Catriona LeMay Doan, Nancy Greene and Steve Nash) lit the cauldron during opening ceremonies at BC Place on Feb. 12. Immediately after, Gretzky was driven to light the outdoor cauldron (left) in the waterfront area.

THE NEXT ONE

Before scoring the OT goal that clinched the gold over the U.S., Sidney Crosby had been quiet in the quarterfinal against Russia (right) and in the semifinal against Slovakia. The 22-year-old from Cole Harbour finished tied for second on Team Canada with seven points—and had the shootout winner to defeat Switzerland.

THE GOLDEN ONES

The 2010 Olympic champions represented 16 NHL teams and hailed from seven provinces (page 30) and included four players who had also won gold in Salt Lake City—Martin Brodeur, Jarome Iginla, Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. The final win over the United States was watched by roughly 80% of the Canadian population.

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