Shania Twain carries Olympic torch

Singer Shania Twain arrives at the 42nd Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, TENN., on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

January 2, 2010 6:43:36 PM PST
Shania Twain carried the Olympic torch the final 400 yards into Hollinger Park, cheered on by thousands of parka-clad fans who turned out in arctic conditions to see the hometown hero in person Friday night.

After making her final turn toward the stage, Twain paused, held the torch aloft in her mittened left hand, and waved to the crowd. The country star then bounded the final few yards onto the stage, where she lit the Olympic cauldron.

"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 16 degrees below zero 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.