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So when do we get to see what the Whistler cauldron looks like?


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It's the plinth (that's what some people called it)! Yes, that thing that some people asked if it would be the cauldron, and others said "no way". Yes, it is. It's just one small flame at the top of that sign thing.

That certainly explains why I never saw it and why everyone I asked had never heard of it

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So far, I could only find this short report from the German Press Agency about it. According to this, the cauldron lighter was former ski racer Rob Boyd.

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/309147,olympic-cauldron-in-whistler-lit.html

Are there pictures anywhere?

A picture:

http://img115.yfrog.com/i/kyyk.jpg

Strangely, I don't recognise it as the signpost anymore. It rather looks bellied instead of slim and straight.

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Two more pictures:

http://twitpic.com/13435z

http://img49.yfrog.com/i/wcxk.jpg/

And I still don't recognise the former signpost in this. Are you really sure that it's the signpost, OneTimeOnly?

Ah okay, it's not that sign, but it kind of looked similar to me. I just saw it very briefly last night during NBC's late night coverage when they showed Switzerland's Simon Annmman and his medal ceremony. But at least the mystery is solved!

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On a slightly related matter, has anyone seen how badly burnt some of the torches look to be once they've been used? In TV footage of the relay shown here I've seen several scorched or blackened torch 'heads'. Is this a design issue or just a little superficial marking. If other relays are considered, torch bearers were offered the chance to purchase their torch. If so I wonder if any are a bit cheesed off that theirs looks like a burnt offering...

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On a slightly related matter, has anyone seen how badly burnt some of the torches look to be once they've been used? In TV footage of the relay shown here I've seen several scorched or blackened torch 'heads'. Is this a design issue or just a little superficial marking. If other relays are considered, torch bearers were offered the chance to purchase their torch. If so I wonder if any are a bit cheesed off that theirs looks like a burnt offering...

It's not burnt, it's just a bit of soot that is normal when burning anything. I think it's more obvious with Vancouver's torch because the flame goes down the side rather than just on top. In any case, it wipes off easily with a cloth, but most people I've seen leave it there, makes it more authentic I suppose.

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Aren't we all glad that the Whistler one isn't a complicated hydraulic multi-part bonfire-like Bombardier designed cauldron?

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On a slightly related matter, has anyone seen how badly burnt some of the torches look to be once they've been used? In TV footage of the relay shown here I've seen several scorched or blackened torch 'heads'. Is this a design issue or just a little superficial marking. If other relays are considered, torch bearers were offered the chance to purchase their torch. If so I wonder if any are a bit cheesed off that theirs looks like a burnt offering...

Yeah, NBC's Matt Laurer ran with the torch and purchased his.. he more or less said that to keep the "authenticity," he won't clean of the soot.

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So far, I could only find this short report from the German Press Agency about it. According to this, the cauldron lighter was former ski racer Rob Boyd.

Rob's a good guy. Saw him a couple times at the Vancouver ski show in BC Place, and he rode on the same ferry as I once from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo.

Hmm, come to think of it, I still haven't seen a photo of the Whistler cauldron either. And CTV hasn't done anything about it. :unsure:

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