Saturday, February 13, 2010

'Excited, bewildered - in disbelief'

'Excited, bewildered - in disbelief'

For the last day of the Olympic torch relay, organizers brought out the big guns: Arnold Schwarzenegger, astronaut Julie Payette, Walter Gretzky, singers Jann Arden and Michael Bublé and Montrealer Keith Martin.

Martin, 24, is the young man The Gazette profiled in 2008 when he cycled across Canada to raise money for muscular dystrophy.

Martin has the muscle wasting disease, which made his journey all the more poignant.

In his last semester at the University of British Columbia, he is a volunteer for the winter games at the hockey arena and was chosen to carry the torch through the streets of Vancouver.

After barely sleeping three hours on Thursday night because of nerves and getting up at 3 a.m. to tape up the logos on his runners (no advertising allowed) Martin was dropped off for his turn carrying the Olympic torch, on East 1st St. "I am incredibly excited, bewildered, and generally in complete disbelief," Martin wrote in an email before the run.

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