Probably not as crushed as that poor dude found on his property…but hey it’s the dopey Winter Olympics!
Torchbearers included the likes of Today Show host Matt Lauer, NBA all-star Steve Nash and actor Donald Sutherland, leaving the father of a Canadian sports legend to wonder why his son wasn’t asked to take part.
According to Larry Walker Sr., his son and Maple Ridge native, Larry Walker Jr., was “crushed” that he wasn’t asked to take part in the torch relay, even the bit through his home town.
“To the very least, he should have been asked to be a torchbearer in the Maple Ridge run,” Larry Sr. said. “It’s not a television personality competition, it’s an athletic competition.”
He said his son felt snubbed.
In an email to his father, Larry Jr. writes: “I was kinda crushed by not being asked. Guess holding almost every offensive record in Canadian history isn’t good enough!”
...In his email, Larry Jr. said that a lot of work went into picking people for the torch run and he couldn’t believe that not only was he overlooked, but so was another famous Maple Ridge athlete, MHL hall of fame inductee Cam Neely.
“We’re ticked off he wasn’t asked,” Larry Sr. said. “Stat for stat, it’s just common sense. I mean, we see Donald Sutherland running the torch, who is a great actor, but he’s not an athelete.”