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2011-12-23 16:20:00

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) released new aerial images and footage showing the transformation of the Olympic Park as 2012 approaches. The key dates and milestones ahead in Olympic and Paralympic year have also been also outlined. (PRWEB) December 23, 2011 The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) released new aerial images and footage showing the transformation of the Olympic Park as 2012 approaches. The key...

2009-12-12 11:00:00

VANCOUVER, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ - Yang Yang, China's first ever Olympic Winter Games gold medalist, and the first person to carry the Olympic flame on mainland China in 2008, ran as an international torchbearer for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch relay on Prince Edward Island. In previous visits to Canada, Ms Yang enjoyed the extraordinary experiences of Nova Scotia, PEI and Montreal. Video package contains footage of Yang Yang carrying the flame in PEI and enjoying summer and winter...

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2009-08-27 07:20:00

Representatives of the International Olympic Committee declared the Vancouver and Whistler areas in British Columbia ready for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The IOC's Coordination Commission, led by Rene Fasel, made its final visit to the site of the 2010 Games this week. The 2010 Winter Olympics are scheduled for Feb. 12-28. The Olympic torch run ahead of the Games is set to begin Oct. 30 on a course of more than 28,000 miles across Canada. Fasel issued a statement at the close of his...

2009-05-20 14:08:53

The ceremonial torch for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada, resembles a hand-rolled marijuana joint, observers say. Unofficially designated British Columbia's largest cash crop, marijuana is popular in Canada's westernmost province, and the Toronto Star's bureau there said there's a lot of nudging and winking about the torch's similarity to a spliff. I'm sure the organizers didn't intend for it to look like a joint, but that's what a lot of people are seeing, said Jodie...

2009-02-12 19:14:13

Vancouver, British Columbia has begun its one-year countdown to the start of the 2010 Winter Games. The Olympic venue will be joined by McDonald's Corp. in the $110 million initiative. McDonald's, the world's largest fast-food chain, said it would continue its long-standing commitment to the Olympic movement, which began with the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble, France. It's one year out and, having gone through this before, it's not very long, Vancouver's Olympic Organizing chief, Cathy...

2008-09-16 03:00:16

By Ierardi, Katrina Wildfires in the summer of 2007 transformed the ancient, beautiful landscape of Greece into a blazing inferno. More than 60 people died, and people worldwide feared the loss of artifacts at sites that date back to 900 BC. The fires covered more than half the country, sweeping through hundreds of square miles of forests, including nature reserves, ecological hotspots, and areas of great historical and cultural importance. This year, AMERICAN FORESTS teams up with Plant...

2008-08-06 15:00:03

By Joe Havely, Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar Aug. 7--BEIJING -- The Olympic torch has begun the final leg of its long and sometimes controversial global relay, with tens of thousands of supporters cheering the torch's arrival in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Wednesday's carefully stage-managed ceremony began early in the morning in the Forbidden City, the former palace of China's emperors, with Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut, kicking it off. The ceremony, carried live on national...

2008-08-06 12:00:04

NBA star Yao Ming was among a host of Chinese celebrities to carry the Olympic flame as the torch relay began its final leg through the streets of Beijing today. Thousands took to the streets to see Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut, take the flame from the Meridian Gate of the Forbidden City. On it's first day in Beijing, the relay route takes the flame to major city landmarks including Tainanmen Square and the Temple of Heaven. The flame will be carried by 841 torch bearers over the...

2008-08-06 12:00:04

Olympic officials say in light of the controversy surrounding the world tour of the Beijing Games' torch, the 2012 Olympic torch will remain in Great Britain. The London Olympic Organizing Committee proposed the idea of bringing the Olympic torch directly to Britain following its ceremonial lighting in Olympia, Greece, in order to avoid potential demonstrations and embrace the roots of the ceremony, The Times of London said Wednesday. Committee leaders want the torch to be within 30...

2008-08-03 09:00:02

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "2nd Ld-Writethru: Olympic Torch Relay Ends First Leg in Quake-Hit Sichuan Province"] GUANG'AN, Sichuan Province, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) - The Olympic torch relay wound up on Sunday morning in Guang'an City, the first leg in the earthquake-hit Sichuan province in Southwest China. At 9:10 a.m. local time, the final torchbearer Wang Jianjun, also party chief of Guang'an, ran into the city's...