A photograph of a young couple kissing in a riot-torn street became an iconic image of the riots.  Sports Illustrated called it "the most compelling sports image of the year".  At first, many viewers suspected the scene had been staged. Evidence soon revealed that the Canadian woman, Alexandra Thomas of Coquitlam, ., had been knocked down by police; her Australian boyfriend, Scott Jones from Perth , . , was comforting her.   As of June 2012 [update] , Thomas and Jones live in Australia, where they sleep under a poster copy of the photograph.  The photograph is used as the album cover of A Place for Us to Dream , a compilation album by the English alternative rock band Placebo .
For the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the flame was lit in Olympia on October 22, 2009.  It then traveled from Greece , over the North Pole to Canada's High Arctic and on to the West Coast and Vancouver. The relay started its long Canada journey from the British Columbia capital of Victoria . In Canada, the torch traveled approximately 45,000 kilometres (28,000 mi) over 106 days, making it the longest relay route within one country in Olympic history. The Olympic Torch was carried by approximately 12,000 Canadians and reached over 1,000 communities.