Latest Olympic Flame Stories

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.

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.

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.

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.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.