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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...

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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. The flame has been known to withstand elements such as rain and wind, but apparently, it can withstand just about anything. It can even hold up to protesters. A torch was extinguished thrice in Paris in order to keep it from pro-Tibet protesters. Despite the dousing of the torch, the Olympic flame continued...

2006-02-09 10:10:00

By Ossian Shine TURIN (Reuters) - You know, maybe Andy Warhol was right. It wasn't quite 15 minutes of fame, more like three, but on a northwestern Italian road I had my share of fleeting fame. For those handful of minutes I held aloft the Olympic torch and carried it past cheering locals, screaming and waving schoolchildren, pensioners and the plain curious. For those moments I was, for some, the focal point of the biggest circus in town, the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics. And what a torch it...

2006-02-05 12:28:45

By Simon Evans SUSA, Italy (Reuters) - The Olympic torch was diverted away from two towns about 50 kms from Turin on Sunday because of feared trouble from protestors opposed to a rail development. Winter Olympics organizing committee (TOROC) spokesman Stefano Coscia told Reuters that the police had advised that the torch should not to be taken through the Susa Valley towns of Bussoleno and Borgone Susa. Earlier on Sunday, a protestor had briefly covered the torch with a flag during...

2006-01-29 18:51:31

By Sophie Hardach MILAN (Reuters) - Veteran designer Giorgio Armani grudgingly swapped his trademark black T-shirt for a bright orange-and-white shellsuit on Sunday, carrying the Olympic torch through Milan's fashion district on its route to Turin. "I certainly wouldn't have designed it with these colors. These aren't even wintry colors. They are kind of Mexican," he told Reuters as he waited for the torch to be lit on Via Montenapoleone, Milan's most exclusive shopping mile....

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,...

2005-11-27 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...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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