Vancouver, Canada (2010)
Beloved Canadian novelist W. O. Mitchell's Who Has Seen the Wind has sold almost a million copies in his homeland. So to honor their rich arts heritage, New Brunswick native Donald Sutherland was invited by his nation's delegation to read this excerpt during Vancouver's Opening Ceremony. "I would walk to the end of the street and over the prairie with the clickety grasshoppers bunging in arcs ahead of me," says Sutherland with his warm, calm voice. "Standing there with the total thrust of prairie sun on my vulnerable head, I guess I learned – at a very young age – that I was mortal." It's a fitting start to a traquil, serene show free of the opulence seen in Turin four years prior.