Trib­ute to Olympic peace turns flir­ta­tious

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WHISTLER, B.C. (CP) — A trib­ute to the Olympic Peace Res­o­lu­tion was feel­ing the love on Valen­tine’s Day.

Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean held an in­for­mal “dis­cus­sion” with ath­letes from six coun­tries Sun­day at the Whistler ath­letes’ vil­lage, where they riffed on the power of the Games to bring na­tions and peo­ple to­gether.

Alpine skier Marko Ru­dic of Bos­nia and Her­zo­gov­ina en­thu­si­as­ti­cally took the mes­sage to heart.

Seated on a wooden bench with Moroc­can skier Samir Azzi­mani on one side and Aus­tralian women’s bob­sled­der Astrid Loch-Wilkin­son on the other, Ru­dic got into the spirit with a good-na­tured el­bow to his male com­peti­tor and a flir­ta­tious pitch to the raven-haired Aussie.

“I meet so much peo­ple, so much good friends,” Ru­dic told a crowd that in­cluded Jean, her hus­band Daniel Lafond and their 11-year-old daugh­ter Marie-Eden.

“I never know a guy from Morocco. He’s nice guy. Maybe he looks a lit­tle bit strange, but he’s OK,” Ru­dic said of Azzi­mani.

“Also Aus­tralia. I never know some­one from Aus­tralia,” he con­tin­ued, leer­ing to his left. “I’m al­ready in love with her. I hope she don’t have a boyfriend some­where. Make him jeal­ous, yeah. Love and peace, yeah.”

The rou­tine brought roars of laugh­ter from the rain-drenched crowd.

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