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Gia-Gina Across the Pond

So I've decided to follow my husband to his native Italy. Follow our adventures as we eat, drink, travel, adapt to and explore this remarkable country. Part food blog, part photo blog but mostly my rants and raves. After our two years in Italy, we relocated across the Atlantic "pond" and are back in the States.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Olympic Torches

Living in Torino and having the Olympics here, you would think I would be more interested in posting about the events surrounding The Games. Thanks to Cyndi and her mom, I got the opportunity to get out, show them around and see a few sites of my own. At one of the Olympic Villages, there was a display of past Olympic torches. I wish I had a photo of the torch being carried to Torino but I just missed the photo-op by 10 seconds.

Here are a few “Must Have” Olympic Torch trivia facts (in no particular order):

1. The tradition of the Olympic flame began during the ancient Olympic Games, over 2700 years ago in Greece.

2. The ATHENS 2004 Olympic Torch Relay was the first global journey of the Flame. The torch reached five continents.

3. The first Olympic torch relay was at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games. The flame was lit in Olympia, Greece, just as it had been centuries before. Then it was carried to Berlin, Germany, for the start of the Olympics.

4. The torch relay was not introduced to the Winter Olympics until the 1952 Games. It was lit that year not in Olympia, Greece, but in Norway, which was chosen because it was the birthplace of skiing.

5. Since the 1964 Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria, every Olympic Games -- Winter and Summer -- has begun with a torch-lighting ceremony in Olympia, Greece, followed by a torch relay to the Olympic stadium.

The path of the Olympic Torch through Italy.

Torino 2006

Athens 2004


Rome 1960

Cortina 1956

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At 5:23 PM, Blogger Piccola said...

Wow.. I always thought that the torch was a hand-me-down thing.. where the same torch was took out for each event.. dho.. what a fool i am lol


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