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Olympic flag passed onto Vancouver mayor for 2010 Winter Games

Published: February 27, 2006

cc_sam2TURIN, Italy — The Olympic flag has been passed to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games.

Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan accepted the five-ringed flag from International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge on Sunday night during the closing ceremonies of the Turin Winter Games.

Sullivan, a quadriplegic since a skiing accident at the age of 19, needed a special holster on his motorized wheelchair to wave the flag. Rogge inserted the flag’s pole into the holster, then Sullivan rolled his chair on the stage to wave the flag eight times, bring a standing ovation from the crowd.