Bernard Weil, Chief Photographer/Multimedia
Here in Whistler, the opening ceremonies were bookended by a small shrine set up in remembrance for Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who was tragically killed in an accident during a training run earlier in the week and a stage set up at the other end of town, where the eager public waited to see some of the local athletes competing in the Olympics.
The irony of an image I took of Kumaritashvili's empty sled passing through the Olympic rings after he crashed on an earlier run still haunts me. My condolences to his family and all that knew him.
Leading the small parade of Canadian athletes through town were brother and sister alpine skiing duo and Whistler favourites Britt and Michael Janyk. The two bubbled in pride as they walked through the town into a progressively larger throng of fans, knowing they were representing their hometown and country in this Olympics.
A small shrine for Georgian Luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was set up under large Olympic rings in Whistler prior to opening ceremonies.
Britt Janyk and brother Michael lead the parade through Whistler during opening ceremonies.
Fans erupt as Canadian Olympic athletes make their way through the village during opening ceremonies.
Christian Caisley, 9, of Edmonton, battles for the ball with Duh Hockey Guys Luonglegs and Witless.