Game time

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The Pan Am Games open­ing cer­e­mony kicked off with a grav­ity-dar­ing stunt from Olympic gold medal­list Dono­van Bai­ley. With 45,000 spec­ta­tors packed into the sold-out Rogers Cen­tre – called the Pan Am Cer­e­monies Venue for the du­ra­tion of the Games – a pre-taped bit de­picted mem­bers of Canada’s gold medal­win­ning 4x100-me­tre re­lay team from the 1996 Olympics trot­ting the torch around Toronto. Carl­ton Cham­bers gave way to Robert Es­mie, who passed the torch to Glen­roy Gil­bert – who passed the torch through some im­pres­sive py­rotech­nics all the way up the CN Tower to Bruny Surin, who ran laps around the struc­ture’s peak. There, he passed the torch to Bai­ley – who promptly base-jumped off the 553-me­tre-high struc­ture, parachut­ing onto the roof of the dome. The pre­taped bit then tran­si­tioned to the live open­ing cer­e­mony, with Bai­ley de­scend­ing from the ceil­ing to pass the torch once more, to 15-year-old Cana­dian diver Faith Zacharias. The pa­rade of na­tions fol­lowed, with Canada’s con­tin­gent of 719 atheletes en­ter­ing Rogers Cen­tre last to a loud cheer. Third-gen­er­a­tion pad­dler Mark Older­shaw, an Olympic bronze medal­list in Lon­don, car­ried the Maple Leaf. The Pan Am Games run through July 26.

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