Olympic luger Jeff Christie says he hopes Canadians will abandon their usual humility for the next five months and wear red to show their patriotism in the lead-up to the 2010 Games.

Christie, who trains out of Calgary, said the Games have the power to unite the nation and inspire athletes on the field.

“I’ve been to a lot of hockey games in Calgary where it’s massive seas of red, and I could imagine what players must feel walking onto that ice, to know they have people out there pushing them,” Christie said.

“I’m hoping for the same kind of thing come Vancouver, that extra energy I can feed off of.”

The Canadian Olympic Team has launched a campaign called Paint The Town Red, asking people from coast-to-coast to find unique ways to display their patriotism.

Suggestions include hanging red Christmas lights from porches, tying Canadian flags from car antennas or dressing snowmen in patriotic clothing.