U.S. Paralympics

U.S. Paralympics

Paralympic Torch Relay begins journey to Vancouver

March 05, 2010, 2:49 p.m. (ET)

OTTAWA(AP) The Paralympic torch relay has begun its 10-day journey to Vancouver.

The Paralympic flame was lit Wednesday at a ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

About 600 people will carry the flame before the Paralympic Games begin with opening ceremonies on March 12.

Fifty-five Canadian athletes will join 1,300 competitors from 43 other countries.

They will compete for gold in five events - alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon, curling and sledge hockey.

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