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Schwarzenegger to carry Olympic torch

February 8, 2010 |  5:15 pm

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is traveling to Vancouver, Canada, to serve as a torchbearer Friday morning for the 2010 Winter Olympics, the committee organizing the Games announced Monday.

Schwarzenegger will be carrying the torch around Vancouver's Stanley Park, Canadian media have reported.

Other torchbearers include singer Michael Buble; Walter Gretzky, the father of hockey great Wayne; and Canadian astronaut Julie Payette.

Aaron McLear, Schwarzenegger's spokesman, said the governor was asked to carry the torch by British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell. Campbell showed Schwarzenegger around in 2007 when the governor took business leaders and reporters on a trip to Canada to promote his plans to expand public-private partnerships in California.

-- Michael Rothfeld in Sacramento