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…
Earlier this week I was sent this by the Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton:
The City of Niagara Falls was selected as one of only 200 host celebrations communities across Canada for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Torch Relay.
On Sunday, December 20, the Olympic Flame passed in front of the Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton, with hundreds of spectators cheering it on. The longest Olympic Torch Relay to take place in a single country began its route in Victoria, British Columbia. The Olympic Flame will travel by land, air and water during its 106 day journey.
The Niagara Falls celebration coincided with the Doubletree Holiday Staff Party and presented the opportunity for team members to have their photo taken with the torch after the relay, and to view the special Olympic fireworks display from the event room hosting the staff party. One of the two relay runners who were guests at the Doubletree, included Hilton HHonors Diamond VIP member, Denzil Croning.
Shown in the image is:
Denzil Croning, Torch Relay Runner and holding the torch – Anthony Orsini, General Manager Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton – Niagara Falls