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Photo:  Ross H. MacLean carries the Torch into Centennial Park – Christine Rumleskie/

By Jon Zacks

Residents of Fort St. John turned out in droves, as the Olympic torch passed through the Energetic City on Sunday.

Thousands of cheering fans lined the relay route and watched Elks speed-skater Jamie Lee take the flame for a spin around the outdoor oval.  93 year-old Ross H. MacLean lit the cauldron at Centennial park, where Premier Gordon Campbell addressed the crowd, while kids played hockey on the snow and slithered down the winding ice-slides.

Fans also signed good-luck cards for the two Fort St. John athletes heading to the Vancouver Games – Denny Morrison and Michelle Kelly – with free hot chocolate to help warm up chilly bodies.

Bryanna Birks was one of the torch bearers, and said the experience exceeded her expectations. [asset|aid=2456|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1dbdbac0674ac124527257085a3096db-bryanna-exciting_1_Pub.mp3]

The Prince George native says she just concentrated on holding the flame high, and simply soaking-in the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The City also unveiled a metal carving styled after the Olympic torch on Sunday.  The sculpture is expected to be permanently displayed outside the Enerplex.

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