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Shania Twain carries Olympic torch

Jan. 02, 2010, 3:02 a.m. (ET)

TIMMINS, Ontario(AP) Country singer Shania Twain carried the Olympic torch in arctic conditions in her childhood hometown on Friday, as the torch relay continued ahead of the 2010 winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Twain carried the torch for 400 meters and lit a cauldron in the town of Timmins, in the eastern Canadian province of Ontario.

“I feel proud, very proud,” Twain said. “It's a highlight of my life to be able to carry the flame, to light the cauldron.”

At 26 degrees below zero (-16 F) and windy, it was so cold that when a dozen red beach balls were tossed into the crowd, the balls came apart within seconds.

“I know that sounds crazy, but it wouldn't be Timmins if it wasn't 40 below with the wind chill factor!” Twain said.

The torch was lit in Olympia, Greece, in October 2009 and will travel around Canada before lighting the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the games on Feb. 12.