Latest Olympic Flame Stories

2008-04-09 18:52:07

The Olympic flame is a deeply rooted tradition dating back thousands of years. Even though it is based in Greek sporting heritage, it is the new technology which keeps the fire burning.

2008-04-07 10:35:00

Security officials snuffed out the Olympic torch and carried it through Paris in the safety of a bus at least five times Monday as chaotic protests against China's human rights record turned the relay into a chaotic series of stops and starts.

2006-04-11 07:12:38

TOKYO (Reuters) - China will rely on its own security forces to defend the country's borders and airspace at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a senior official said on Tuesday.

2006-03-22 23:19:19

BEIJING (Reuters) - Former Olympic chief Juan Antonio Samaranch has advised Beijing organizers to make sure the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Games do not drag on too long.

2006-03-08 22:49:38

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is still hoping the torch relay for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games will pass through Taiwan, despite current political tensions.

2006-02-27 04:49:50

By Nick Mulvenney BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese officials have just 170 days to digest what they learned at the Turin Winter Games before the arrival of athletes for the first test event for the 2008 Beijing Summer Games.

2006-02-26 16:34:36

By Elizabeth Piper TURIN (Reuters) - Ballerinas and brides, aerial acrobats and cartwheeling clowns celebrated the close of Turin's Winter Games on Sunday in a cacophony of music and mayhem drawing on the Italian tradition of Carnival.

2006-02-25 22:14:52

By Nelson Graves TURIN (Reuters) - The keepers of the flame live in a hole and survive on cold cereal, crackers and baked beans. Federico Fiorini pressed the green button that ignited the Olympic cauldron at the start of the Turin Games.

2006-02-09 20:25:59

By Jane Barrett TURIN (Reuters) - The Turin Winter Olympics were set to open on Friday with a theatrical extravaganza celebrating Italian history before the flame is lit and athletes launch two weeks of cut-throat competition.

2006-02-09 12:32:42

By Jane Barrett TURIN (Reuters) - Flags proclaiming "Passion lives here" flutter around Turin but step into an average bar or bus and the Olympic slogan quickly fizzles out of steam. "What do they mean, passion? The Games are just a pain," said Mario Appendino, a security guard.

Word of the Day
  • Forsooth! indeed! originally a parenthetical phrase used in repeating the words of another with more or less contempt or disdain.
The word 'quotha' is an alteration of 'quoth he'.