Latest Olympic Flame Stories
By Simon Evans TURIN, Italy (Reuters) - organizers of next month's Winter Games have urged the leader of Italy's Communist Refoundation party to help calm environmental protests on the route of the Olympic torch.
By Sophie Hardach MILAN (Reuters) - In one month's time, Italy will host one of the biggest sports events in the world. Not that you would notice. Ticket sales for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin are sluggish. Marketing has been lukewarm.
By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Blessed by the Pope, the Olympic flame for the 2006 Winter Games started a two-month journey across Italy on Thursday with torchbearers snaking past Rome's most famous monuments to cheers from tourists and residents.
ROME (Reuters) - The Olympic flame for the 2006 Winter Games set off on a two-month long journey across Italy on Thursday with torchbearers carrying it past Rome's most famous monuments to the Vatican for the Pope's blessing.
ROME (Reuters) - The Olympic flame arrived in Rome on Wednesday to begin a two-month long journey through Italy ahead of the Turin Winter Games.
By Karolos Grohmann OLYMPIA, Greece (Reuters) - Organisers were forced to use a back-up flame in the torch-lighting ceremony for the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics on an overcast Sunday.
OLYMPIA, Greece (Reuters) - Organisers were forced to use a back-up flame in the torch-lighting ceremony for the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics on an overcast Sunday.
By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Luminaries as disparate as Pope Benedict and fashion guru Giorgio Armani will follow the Olympic flame's relay up and down the Italian peninsula for the start of the 20th Winter Games, organizers said on Tuesday.
By Sophie Hardach TURIN, Italy (Reuters) - The Alps are alive with the sound of pneumatic drills. One hundred days before the start of the 2006 Winter Olympics, building sites block the roads that criss-cross the mountains.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Fritz Schilgen, the German athlete who lit the flame at the end of the first torch relay at the 1936 Olympics, has died at the age of 99. Schilgen, a 1500 meter runner, carried the torch into the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on August 1, 1936.
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