Yes, I know that I am over 3 months late on this one, but better late than never…
Back in March, the Niagara Falls IMAX Theatre hosted a free evening where they were previewing a new film called Extreme. To help with the promotion, they brought in Jon Montgomery. Jon won a gold-medal in skeleton at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
It was quite an evening. There was a reception before the movie where we could meet Jon and get our picture taken with him. I took my son with me and he was thrilled to meet him. He even got to help Jon hold the gold medal. Jon also signed a small flag for us as well as the tickets. Someone I know brought their collection of Olympic coins and had him sign the collector card. What a great idea! I have three sets and I wanted to kick myself for not thinking of it myself.
There was also a girl there from Welland who had carried a torch, so we got to see and hold that as well.
During the reception there was food and drinks available.
Eventually we all ended up in the theatre. Mayor Ted Salci was there and gave Jon a gift, and then Jon said a few words. We then watched the movie. My son fell asleep during the movie. Not that it wasn’t exciting, but by that point we had been there for almost three hours.
Anyway, it was a nice night. How often do you get to meet a gold-medal winning athlete? I’ve never met one before, and I don’t know when I will again, so it was a nice opportunity. Thank you IMAX Theatre!
I took a few pictures while there. You can see the thumbnails below, or view the full images in the 20100311 Jon Montgomery at IMAX Theatre gallery.
Note: There are now 3,019 images in 243 galleries in the Niagara Falls Image Gallery.
From Niagara This Week:
The premier of Niagara IMAX Theatre’s latest movie had a touch of gold to it on Thursday night.
Skeleton athlete Jon Montgomery, hot off capturing a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, was happy to pose for photos and sign autographs for the never-ending line of fans for two straight hours before viewing Extreme, a film exploring the lives of extreme athletes and the forces of nature they tackle.
Note: We had a great time that night. I’ve been waiting to post about it until the IMAX sends me the picture they took (you couldn’t take your own picture with him… they had a number system and took a good photo for you). It’s been two weeks now, and they still haven’t sent it…
From the Niagara Falls Review:
About the only thing faster than Olympic gold medallist Jon Montgomery going downhill on his skeleton is how quickly his popularity across the country has exploded.
From his joyous acceptance of the gold medal to his spontaneous beer-jug hoisting celebration on the streets of Whistler, B.C., Montgomery has become a national icon.
The charismatic native of Russell, Man., is in Niagara Falls Thursday for the launch of the new IMAX film, Extreme, which profiles sports that have an extreme edge. Hurtling headfirst down the side of a mountain certainly qualifies Montgomery to be the spokesman for extreme sports.
“The theatre, like myself, saw some incredibly strong parallels between what is going to be happening in this film and what it is that myself, my teammates and some of the other Canadians athletes who were just at the Olympics get up to with our training and competition schedule,” he said.
If you read the article, you find out that the movie opens to the public on Friday, and that the Thursday (today) launch is an “invitation-only” event. Jon will be there for a reception, and then the movie will be shown. I will be attending with my 7-year-old son and he’s very excited. I’ve heard that there are still some seats available, so you might be able to contact the theatre and see if you can get in. I would NOT advise just showing up. They are reserving spots so that they only let in as many as can fit in the theatre.
I’ll try to write about it on Friday, but if not, then early next week…