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Nostalgia on parade as torch leaves Canada Olympic Park

Flickering isn’t the right word to describe the flame that still burns in the hearts of Calgarians.

Flickering isn’t the right word to describe the flame that still burns in the hearts of Calgarians.

Hundreds of cars lined 16 Avenue NW as drivers stood on their cars with cellphones and cameras to glimpse the Olympic torch parade as it left Canada Olympic Park — and most didn’t mind the wait.

“Wow. This is amazing and totally unexpected. I was just taking the kids to their grandparents and now we got to see the torch,” said Sandra Davis.

Olympic downhill skier Jan Hudec was late for training at the park because of the traffic jam, but he didn’t mind. “This is actually the third time I have accidentally come across the torch in Calgary in the past couple days, so maybe it’s a good sign,” he said.

Inside the park, 6,000 people celebrated among an abundance of retro jackets and shared memories. For ’88 torchbearer Maureen Gerber, it was an emotional moment.

“I think it’s amazing and so exciting. I get teared up just talking about it. I think it’s a really nostalgic moment for a lot of people,” she said.

COP spokesperson Stewart McDonough ran with the torch and said the atmosphere at the park was electric: “This is really the past and the present of the Olympics and it’s really a special moment for everyone.”