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  Olympic Flame - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
By tradition, the Olympic flame is delivered to the officials of the host city in a ceremony taking place in the Athenian Panathinaiko Stadium for the start of the relay by Athens city's authorities.
The Olympic Flame burned at the Winter Olympics in 1936 and 1948, but the first torch relay occurred at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo.
The flame was not ignited in Olympia, but a fire was lit in Morgedal, Norway, in the fireplace of the home of Sondre Norheim, who pioneered the sport of skiing.
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 Olympic Games - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Olympics were of fundamental religious importance, contests alternating with sacrifices and ceremonies honouring both Zeus (whose colossal statue stood at Olympia), and Pelops, divine hero and mythical king of Olympia famous for his legendary chariot race, in whose honour the games were held.
The Olympic Flame is lit in Olympia and brought to the host city by runners carrying the torch in relay.
The Olympic Flame is extinguished, and while the Olympic anthem is being played, the Olympic Flag that was hoisted during the opening ceremonies is lowered from the flagpole and carried out of the stadium.
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 Olympic Games article - Olympic Games Olympic Flame Olympia multi-sport event year ancient Greece - What-Means.com
The Olympics were of fundamental religious importance, contests alternating with sacrifices and ceremonies honouring both Zeus (whose colossal statue stood at Olympia), and Pelops, divine hero and mythical king of Olympia famous for his legendary chariot race, in whose honor the games were held.
The Olympic Flame is lighted in Olympia and brought to the host city by runners carrying the torch in relay.
The growth of the Olympics also means that some less popular (modern pentathlon) or expensive (white water canoeing) sports have to fear for their place on the Olympic programme.
www.what-means.com /encyclopedia/Olympics   (4079 words)

 Olympic Flame
The Olympic Flame in the ancient Olympic Games held in and around Olympia, Greece was lit in honor of the king of the Greek gods, Zeus.
Today, the Olympic torch is ignited (about 10 months) before the opening of its respective Olympic Games, by 11 actors playing priestesses in Olympia by placing it in a concave lens which concentrates rays from the sun; it turn igniting the torch.
The Olympic Flame first burned at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, although there was no torch relay, and the flame was not lit by any specific person.
www.gamesinathens.com /olympics/o/ol/olympic_flame.shtml   (370 words)

 Olympic Flame: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The ancient olympic games were an athletic and religious celebration held in the greek town of olympia, greeceolympia from (historically) as early as 776 bc...
The 1996 summer olympics, formally known as the games of the xxvi olympiad and informally known as the centennial olympics, were held in 1996 in atlanta,...
The international olympic committee is an organisation based in lausanne, switzerland, created by pierre de coubertin in 1894 to reinstate the ancient...
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/o/ol/olympic_flame.htm   (4661 words)

 Symbols of the Olympic Games
The colours of the interlinked Olympic rings were chosen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to represent the union of the 5 continents, Australia, Africa, America, Asia and Europe and further signify the meeting of the worlds athletes at the Olympic Games.
Olympic Torch is used to light the Olympic flame.
Olympic athletes are not separated into national teams as they enter the stadium, to symbolise the unity nand friendship of the Games.
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 Olympic Games - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A political incident on a smaller scale occurred at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.
In 1998, it became known that several IOC members had taken bribes from the organising committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, in exchange for a vote on the city at the election of the host city.
The Oslo flag: Was presented to the IOC at the 1952 Winter Olympics by the city of Oslo, Norway, and is passed on to the next organising city of the Winter Olympics.
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Bowling is a sport and the Olympic Flame represents virtually most sports and it is one book I think all people who participate in any sport should have on their library shelf.
Sixty years ago the Olympic flame was ignited for the first time in the sacred grove of Olympia and carried to the opening of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.
The significance of the Olympic flame has continued to grow ever since as it travels around the world, visiting different cultures and countries, bringing with it the hope for peace and the aim for international understanding.
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 Boston.com / Sports / Other sports / Olympics news / Olympic flame begins trek under scrutiny   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Nikolaou spoke moments before the flame was lit by the sun's rays using a concave mirror at the ancient sanctuary where the Olympics were born 2,780 years ago.
The possibility of rain raised the prospect of using a flame ignited in an earlier rehearsal ceremony, but the weather cleared and the sun peered from behind fast-moving clouds.
The Olympics were born in Olympia in 776 B.C. and held every four years until the Roman Emperor Theodosius abolished them in 393 A.D. after Christianity took root and he deemed the games pagan.
www.boston.com /sports/other_sports/olympics/articles/2004/03/25/clouds_threaten_olympic_flame_lighting   (688 words)

 CNN.com - ASIANOW - Aboriginal athlete lights Sydney's Olympic flame - September 15, 2000
Olympian Cathy Freeman, Australia's 1991 Aboriginal Athlete of the Year, capped the ceremony when she took the Olympic torch from long-jumper Debbie Flintoff-King, climbed the gleaming white stairway at the end of the stadium and walked through water to stand in a pool fed by a lighted waterfall tumbling from the top of the stadium.
Sydney's Olympic cauldron rose around her, lifting to the top of the stadium on a track that followed the course of the waterfall.
Before the lighting of the flame, Olympics chief Juan Antonio Samaranch greeted the Australian audience with a Spanish-accented "g'day" and Australian Governor General Sir William Deane declared the games official open near the end of the colorful ceremony.
archives.cnn.com /2000/ASIANOW/australasia/09/15/olympics.01   (1555 words)

 Anything but the Truth
It doesn't matter that their magic, like the symbolic flame, is as old as the historical record.
The sacred flame would ignite from the focused rays to the sun in the ruins of ancient Olympia, then be borne to Berlin by a relay of runners....
The flame is first lighted during a ceremony at the site of the ancient Olympic stadium in Olympia.
www.crossroad.to /articles2/2002/olympic_flame.htm   (2684 words)

After a visit to Antwerp on 21 June, the Olympic Torch Relay is in Brussels, home of the European Union, to symbolically bring the Olympic ideals of peace and brotherhood.
The Olympic flame began its journey from Olympia and, after having travelled across the globe, will return to the Athens Olympic Stadium on 13 August, where it will signal the beginning of the great celebration of the 2004 Olympic Games.
The Greek Olympic Torch Relay is the Relay of all cultures.
www.olympic.org /uk/news/olympic_news/full_story_uk.asp?id=877   (449 words)

 Igniting the Olympic flame at Turin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Fireworks erupt over the stadium after the Olympic flame was lit during the opening ceremony for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, yesterday.
Some elements were just pure show, including hell-on-wheels skaters with flames shooting from their heads, pyrotechnics, and acrobatics reminiscent of Cirque du Soleil, with one group spinning and writhing on three metal forms that eventually were raised to help make up the five-ring Olympic symbol at one end of the stadium.
Yuri Chechi, an Olympic gymnast from Italy, pounds an anvil during the opening ceremony for the 2006 Winter Olympics last night in Turin, Italy.
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 Angry White Kid: Olympic Flame Gets Abducted
In the Italian city of Trent, anarchists seized control of the Olympic flame as it was being carried through the city by runner Eleanora Berlanda.
They were protesting the sponsorship of the Olympics by Coca-Cola and against a planned high velocity rail project.
Olympic organizers are now routing the flame through only cities that are friendly, skipping towns like Brussoleno, whose Mayor has banned Coca-Cola ads.
angrywhitekid.blogs.com /weblog/2006/01/olympic_flame_g.html   (285 words)

 The Olympic Flame
During the Ancient Olympic Games, a sacred flame was lit from the sun’s rays at Olympia, and stayed lit until the Games were completed.
This flame represented the "endeavor for protection and struggle for victory." It was first introduced into our Modern Olympics at the 1928 Amsterdam Games.
The flame is then lit from the torch and will remain lit until it is extinguished during the Closing Ceremony.
www.janecky.com /olympics/flame.html   (192 words)

 Technorati Tag: olympic flame
Somehow running in public places with a large open flame has been considered traditional and worthy of armed escort, while smoking in a bar is...
Fani Halkia lights the Olympic flame from the cauldron
Three-time Olympic weightlifting gold medalist Pyrros Dimas, right, lights the altar with the Olympic flame during a ceremony for the Turin 2006...
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 The Olympic Flame - DrGreene.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Olympic Flame reaches back to a time when the human race was younger, and the planet less crowded.
This same torch was held by the homeless, and by a Hall of Fame pitcher, by children too young to know the Olympics, and by senior citizens, by those in wheelchairs and by Olympic gold medalists.
In a dramatic moment, Flame engulfed the Olympic Cauldron, and it was as if 50,000 of us were all one torch, and the Flame of Life was burning brightly.
www.drgreene.com /21_2061.html   (978 words)

 BBC SPORT | Olympics 2004 | Olympic flame lit in Athens
Greek actress Thalia Prokopiou, dressed as the high priestess, lit the torch at the Temple of Hera in a recreation of the ancient Olympic ceremony.
But the lighting ceremony itself went off without a hitch, with the torch bursting into flame as it was held inside a parabolic mirror and ignited by the sun's rays.
The ceremony was preceded by an address from the International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge and organising committee president Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki.
news.bbc.co.uk /sport1/hi/olympics_2004/3565183.stm   (522 words)

 Torino 2006 - In the Heart of the Torino 2006 XX Olympic Winter Games and IX Paralympic Winter Games »   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A moment of participation aimed at the transformation of a city and its territory which will leave its legacy in history.
It was a moment in which the involvement of the city and the mountain communities gave the final push, alongside the sports competitions, from the victories to the Olympic records.
Since June 1999 – the month in which the IOC decided to hold the 2006 Olympics in the city of the Mole – everything has changed.
www.torino2006.org /ENG/OlympicGames/home   (252 words)

 The Olympic Flame
It is the sun's rays, reflected by a parabolic mirror, which ignite the original flame at Olympia in Greece.
The flame is then placed in a cauldron and carried to the center of the ancient Olympic stadium.
It is a tremendous privilege to be chosen either to be the last relay runner to bear the torch into the stadium, or to be the one who actually touches the Greek flame to the Salt Lake City cauldron and ignites the Olympic Flame for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
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In Elis, people gathered to worship their gods and every four years the Olympic games were held in honour of the gods.
The symbol that represents the idea that life and death are connected is the sacred Olympic Flame.
Every four years when the ancient Olympic games were held, the Olympic Flame was lit symbolizing the re-birth of the spirit of the dead heroes and burned endlessly during the events held.
www.greece.org /olympics/flame/ancient.html   (288 words)

The 57 metre high cauldron will be lit on 10 February 2006 during the Opening Ceremony of the Games and will protect and display the Olympic flame during the period of the Games.
The creative process was guided by the desire to represent in a single object, the tension of the Olympic challenge.
The flame is expected to rise to a height of about four metres and will run on methane gas.
www.olympic.org /uk/games/torino/torch_relay/full_story_uk.asp?id=1586   (407 words)

 The City Of Wilmington Welcomes The 2002 Olympic Flame On Saturday
The Olympic Flame travels within a support operation comprised of approximately 50 Chevrolet cars and trucks including public safety, advance operations, torchbearer shuttles, stage production trucks and support equipment.
Once the Olympic Flame is ignited it is kept in a lantern that travels with the Relay.
The Olympic Flame is passed from torch to torch.
www.ci.wilmington.de.us /pressreleases/pr011220_facts_relay.htm   (320 words)

 Olympic Flame To Go Globetrotting - CBS News
Witness the triumphs and drama of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics in pictures, explore a history of the Winter Olympics and see which countries hauled in the most medals.
Organizers said they will propose to the International Olympic Committee on Thursday that the torch be lit March 25 — Greek independence day and the day on the Julian calendar the first modern Olympics opened in Athens in 1896.
The torch is lit before each Olympics by the sun's rays in a concave mirror in a ceremony at Ancient Olympia.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2003/11/26/world/main585788.shtml   (624 words)

 JESSE OWENS' Memorial Olympic Site
A replica of the 1936 Berlin Flame is ignited by the Torch runner before the relay departs for Birmingham.
For the OLYMPIC FLAME's journey to the Jesse Owens' Memorial Park in Oakville, Alabama, today's arrival in Cleveland, Ohio is the most significant since the FLAME left Los Angeles for Atlanta.
The FLAME bearer runs past Tom Sawyer's fence, right next to the house where Twain was born in Hannibal.
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 CNN.com - Beijing welcomes the Olympic flame - Jun 9, 2004
Liu Jingmin, vice president of the organizing committee for the 2008 Games in Beijing, hailed the arrival of the Olympic flame as a "great milestone in the city's preparations for the 2008 Olympics".
"The arrival of the flame is symbolic of the mix of two civilizations," Liu told Spiros Lambridis, ambassador for the Athens games, as he accepted a traditional Greek lamp bearing the flame at Beijing's Capital Airport on Tuesday.
The flame is on a whirlwind tour of 27 countries that will take in 34 cities and involve thousands of runners and will eventually signal the opening of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens on August 13.
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 Torino 2006 - Olympic Flame: Welcome to Torino!
There were many touching moments in a day which ended in piazza Palazzo di Città with the lighting of the Cauldron by Livio Berruti, a monument to Italian sportsmanship and symbol of Roma 1960, under the satisfied gaze of the Mayor of Torino, Sergio Chiamparino.
In a Torino ready to inaugurate the XX Olympic Winter Games with tomorrow evening’s ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, the Flame gave the joy of the arrival of the infinite torchbearers’ Relay (it begun in Rome on last December 8th) and as a consequence set enthusiasm for the Event alight.
Then the homage continues to the centre of the city with many celebrities carrying the Flame: presenter Piero Chiambretti and Manuela Di Centa, Sergio Pininfarina and Prince Albert of Monaco, until the hidden surprise of the yet unidentified last torchbearer inside the stadium.
www.torino2006.org /ENG/OlympicGames/news/news_eng160411.html   (415 words)

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