The lighting of the Olympic cauldron at BC Place was a highlight Friday.

My friend Skinnee Brenda Howard got a call Friday morning, offering her a FREE ticket to the hottest event on the planet.

She was soon headed to the Opening Ceremonies of Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

The rest of the day, she sent me a flurry of text messages as she made her way downtown: “Transit is PACKED! What a rush!!” “Just ran into Kelly Hrudey!”

Kelly Hrudey got to meet my friend Skinnee Brenda Howard at the Vancouver Olympics

The thing I admire about Skinnee Brenda is her unbridled enthusiasm. She really wears her emotions on her sleeve, and I know she richly appreciated the chance to be at the Opening with 60,000 screaming Canadians and Canadians-for-a-day.

Here’s a couple pics Skinnee sent along Saturday after the event.