Photo: Mom Rhonda Dickson and son Gabriel Dickson hold the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Torch at the local RBC Bank – Christine Rumleskie/

The Olympic Torch made a guest appearance in Fort St. John on Monday.

While it wasn’t lit up, members of the community got to hold the torch and take pictures with it.

They were also treated to autographs from Canadian Speed skater Steven Elm. Elm won a Silver medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics, on the Pursuit team that included Fort St. John’s Denny Morrison.

Elm says it’s important for Canadians to see the torch.

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Elm is touring to several RBC branches throughout the province, and signing autographs for his devoted fans.

He says he just got back from training in the States, and he’s looking forward to training in Richmond, starting next week.

Elm also says the Vancouver games will be his last competition.

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The Olympic Torch will return to the City on January 31st next year, during its relay through Canada. This time, the torch will be lit.

By the end of the 106-day cross-Canada relay, the torch will have travelled 45,000 kilometers by land, sea and air, and come within an hour’s drive of 90 per cent of the Canadian population.

Photo: Canadian Speed Skater Steven Elm signs autographs, as people pose with the Olympic Torch – Christine Rumleskie/