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2006-01-09 23:34:16

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. The Olympic torch has criss-crossed half of Italy without causing much excitement, and has been booed by political protesters. Organizers have worked hard to complete the Alpine tracks, Turin's ice rinks and Olympic villages in time -- but now...

2005-12-08 08:16:35

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. "May this flame remind everybody of the values of peace and brotherhood that are the basis of the Olympics," Pope Benedict told a large crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square, as torchbearers held the flame under his window. Italy's...

2005-12-08 06:41:21

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. Italy's President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi lit up the torch and handed it to Olympic marathon champion Stefano Baldini, the first of 10,000 torchbearers who will take it on an 11,000-km (6,835-mile) trek to 140 cities. The Games, which start in Turin on February 10,...

2005-12-07 05:56:47

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. An Italian C-130 military plane flew the flame from Athens to Rome's Ciampino airport, which was shut for two hours earlier on Wednesday for a bomb alert. The flame, kept in a lantern, was due to be taken to the Quirinale presidential palace. On Thursday, Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi will light the torch from the "magic lantern"...

2005-11-27 08:45:58

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. Greek sun god Apollo did not hear the prayers of high priestess Theodora Siarkou, an actress, who had to light the torch from a replica ancient pot which contained the flame from Saturday's dress rehearsal, instead of using the concave steel mirror to focus the sun's rays. The ceremony in the temple of...

2005-11-27 06:29:58

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. Greek sun god Apollo did not hear the prayers of high priestess Theodora Siarkou, who had to light the torch from a replica ancient cauldron which contained the flame from Saturday's dress rehearsal, instead of using the concave steel mirror to focus the sun's rays. The ceremony in the temple of Hera, a few metres away from...

2005-11-22 10:23:08

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. The flame, carried in a "magic lantern," will touch down in Rome on December 7 after a flight from Greece's ancient Olympia. From there it will make a 64-day journey south to Sicily and back north again to the Winter Games Alpine host...

2005-11-01 10:44:06

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. Town squares are being dug up and empty concrete shells will soon become souvenir shops. "They waited with everything until the last minute," says Ausilia Bocco. She rolls her eyes at the mention of the Games although they will mean brisk trade for her tobacco...

2005-09-20 06:01:47

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. The tradition of bringing the torch from Olympia in Greece to the site of the Games has continued ever since. Schilgen died on September 12, four days after his 99th birthday. He was buried on Monday in his home town of...

2005-09-13 11:52:59

By Sophie Hardach and Antonella Ciancio TURIN (Reuters) - With 150 days left before the start of the 2006 Winter Olympics, organizers say they are ready for the Turin games after a year fraught with financial problems and organizational hiccups. All but three Olympic venues are ready to go, Valentino Castellani, president of the TOROC organizing committee, told Reuters in an interview. "Work on the venues has basically been completed," Castellani said at TOROC's bustling Turin...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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