2015 Pan Am Games

TORONTO -Sailor Cy Thompson of St. Thomas carried the U.S. Virgin Islands flag on Friday night, leading the delegation of 18 athletes at the opening ceremony for the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

The USVI , dressed in blue and white, were one of 41 delegations in the Parade of Nations before 45,000 spectators at the sold-out Rogers Centre.

The ceremony, which was produced by Cirque du Soleil, was capped when recently retired NBA leg­ end Steve Nash, one of the most internationally recognized Canadian athletes of all time, ignited a bow l to transfer the flame to the  Games cauldron  located at the foot of the CN Tower.

More than 6,000 athletes are participating in the

Games that run through July 26. Story and Photo by Matt Schoch/Virgin Islands Daily News