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.