Lighting Of Olympic Cauldron Not Without A Bit Of Malfunction

February 14th, 2010 - 8:49 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
olpmVancouver, Feb 14, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The opening ceremony of the much anticipated Winter Olympics 2010 which was held on Friday at the BC Place Stadium, turned out to be one of the most spectacular events of recent times. Although the event was successful in enthralling the audience, it was not without a few unwanted occurrences. One of blips of the event that organizers would surely like to forget was the malfunctioning of the Olympic cauldron.

In the opening ceremony, the Olympic cauldron was supposed to be lighted by four torches with four pillars surfacing from the stadium ground. However, during the ceremony only three out of the four arms emerged before it could be lit by the torches. The arm that was supposed to be lit by Canadian champion Catriona LeMay Doan failed to function as planned, as a result of which the athlete was unable to light the Olympic cauldron. However, the other three athletes continued to light the cauldron with the help of their torches. This was followed by a splendid display of fireworks along the ring, in the exterior of the stadium.

Later, it came to light that the non-functioning of the particular arm of the Olympic cauldron was the result of a hydraulic system malfunction. Although the large number of audiences who had gathered to witness the gala event were left a bit perplexed with the incident, most of the observers chose to ignore the malfunction as otherwise the event turned out to be remarkable. Apart from the malfunction, the opening ceremony could be termed almost perfect with its impressive performances, that kept the audiences asking for more.

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