The CN Tower, TORONTO’s principal icon, played its role on opening night of the Pan American Games. As the celebration began world-champion sprinter DONOVAN BAILEY jumped off the Tower and parachuted down onto the stadium roof (shades of Her Majesty dropping into the London Olympics). As he was lowered inside, torch in hand, the crowd went wild.
Two hours later, following a brilliant performance by Montreal’s Cirque du Soleil, came the lighting of the giant Pan Am Torch outside. That was the cue for the CN Tower to put on a short, but brilliant, light and fireworks show. Even the cranky Toronto Sun was impressed.