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Fiery debate over cauldron

The multi-legged Olympic cauldron that sits on Vancouver's waterfront is an extraordinary sight -- but one that can't be seen without obstruction from street level in Vancouver.

The cauldron sits within a secure zone of the International Broadcasting Center, which means it is surrounded by high metal fencing and wooden barriers and greatly resembles a construction zone.

The thousands of fans that have assembled daily here to get a look at the cauldron have been reduced to standing on garbage cans and benches to try to get photos not obscured by the fencing.

And many of those folks are angry about it, and voicing their displeasure to organizers.
"Perhaps," said Renne Smith-Valade, the vice president of communications for the organizing committee, "we did underestimate the degree people wanted to get close to it."

Smith-Valade said a measure would be taken Wednesday that would "give people a great way to see the cauldron both from above and street level."

In the meantime, she said, they could seek out a farther-away vantage point from an elevated part of town.

By Amy Shipley  |  February 16, 2010; 3:09 PM ET
Categories:  Vancouver 2010  
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Sounds like Sarah Palin-esque planning.

Posted by: bs2004 | February 16, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

They'd better fix this issue B4 I get up there on closing weekend or I'm bringing a bolt cutter with me!

Posted by: jdarby21 | February 16, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like hope that we can believe in. Stupid hosers!

Posted by: oldno7 | February 16, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

As an ex patriot of Canada I am seeing the same near sighted mentality taking place as I see here in my adopted country.
For goodness sake. What the Hell did you place a caldron outside of the stadium if you thought people would not want some access to it?
The point of this exercise being WHAT.
Do we really pay people not to think.
Come to Michigan we have plenty of people who can think and don't have work.

Posted by: kandjc123 | February 16, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the Canadian’s outsourced the cauldron planning to the Congress of The United States.

Posted by: dirtmancarroll | February 16, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Canada is a backwater 51st state no different than Alaska. Big country full of small brains. These Olympics suck and it's Canada's fault. Let start the invasion immediately.

Posted by: vigilante1 | February 16, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

WTF, government employees suck...

Posted by: goziner | February 16, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

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