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For the first time, the Olympic Flame circumnavigated the globe, starting in Olympia in advance of the 2004 games.
Olympic Torch Relay Jet - Zeus (Registration TF-ARO)

The 2004 Summer Olympics Torch Relay took the Olympic flame across every habitable continent, returning to Athens, Greece. Every city which had hosted the Summer Olympics was revisited by the torch, as well as several other cities chosen for their international importance.

The relay was the first time the Olympic flame had travelled to Africa, India and South America. It was also the first time the flame had circumnavigated the globe. The flame was transported from country to country aboard a specially-equipped Boeing 747 leased from Atlanta Icelandic (Registration TF-ARO) called Zeus. On board the flame was carried and burned continuously in specially modified miners lamps supplied by Protector Lamp of England.

International Leg of the 2004 Olympic Torch Relay

On March 25, 2004, the Olympic Flame was ignited at Olympia, Greece, site of the Ancient Olympics.

The International Leg of the 2004 Olympic Torch Relay officially began on June 4, 2004, when the flame touched down in Sydney, Australia, host city of the 2000 Summer Olympics.

  1. Sydney, Australia (2000)
  2. Melbourne, Australia (1956)
  3. Tokyo, Japan (1964)
  4. Seoul, South Korea (1988)
  5. Beijing, China (2008)
  6. Delhi, India
  7. Cairo, Egypt (North Africa / Middle East)
  8. Cape Town, South Africa (Southern Africa)
  9. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016)
  10. Mexico City, Mexico (1968)
  11. Los Angeles, USA (1932/1984)
  12. St. Louis, USA (1904)
  13. Atlanta, USA (1996)
  14. New York City, USA (Headquarters of the United Nations)
  15. Montreal, Canada (1976)
  16. Antwerp, Belgium (1920)
  17. Brussels, Belgium (Headquarters of the European Union)
  18. Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1928)
  19. Geneva, Switzerland
  20. Lausanne, Switzerland (Headquarters of the International Olympic Committee)
  21. Paris, France (1900/1924)
  22. London, United Kingdom (1908/1948/2012)
  23. Madrid, Spain
  24. Barcelona, Spain (1992)
  25. Rome, Italy (1960)
  26. Munich, Germany (1972)
  27. Berlin, Germany (1936)
  28. Stockholm, Sweden (1912)
  29. Helsinki, Finland (1952)
  30. Moscow, Russia (1980)
  31. Kiev, Ukraine
  32. Istanbul, Turkey
  33. Sofia, Bulgaria
  34. Nicosia, Cyprus
  35. Athens, Greece (1896/2004)

The International Leg of the 2004 Olympic Torch Relay officially concluded on July 8, 2004, just over a month after it began its global journey and just over a month before the 2004 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony on August 13, 2004.

After visiting Cyprus, the Greek Leg of the Torch Relay resumed on July 9, 2004, with the flame touching down in Crete in the city of Heraklion. During the Greek Leg of the relay, the torch also made a cursory stopover in Albania when the torch was carried through a lake on the Greek-Albanian border.

The International Olympic Committee has indicated that, due to the success of the 2004 run, they might sanction a global circumnavigation of the flame before every succeeding Olympics.

In stark contrast to the outpouring of warm welcome, enthusiasm, and support that defined the 2004 relay, the international leg of the 2008 relay was marred and even interrupted by anger, violence, and protests over what some considerChina's policies against Tibet and "human rights" record.

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circumnavigated the globe, starting in Olympia in advance of the 2004 games.]]
File:Olympic Torch Relay Jet - Zeus TF-ARO
Olympic Torch Relay Jet - Zeus (Registration TF-ARO)

The 2004 Summer Olympics Torch Relay took the Olympic flame across every habitable continent, returning to Athens, Greece. Every city which had hosted the Summer Olympics was revisited by the torch, as well as several other cities chosen for their international importance.

The relay was the first time the Olympic flame had travelled to Africa, India and South America. It was also the first time the flame had circumnavigated the globe. The flame was transported from country to country aboard a specially-equipped Boeing 747 leased from Atlanta Icelandic (Registration TF-ARO) called Zeus. On board the flame was carried and burned continuously in specially modified miners lamps supplied by Protector Lamp of England.

International Leg of the 2004 Olympic Torch Relay

On March 25, 2004, the Olympic Flame was ignited at Olympia, Greece, site of the Ancient Olympics.

The International Leg of the 2004 Olympic Torch Relay officially began on June 4, 2004, when the flame touched down in Sydney, Australia, host city of the 2000 Summer Olympics.

  1. Sydney, Australia (2000)
  2. Melbourne, Australia (1956)
  3. Tokyo, Japan (1964)
  4. Seoul, South Korea (1988)
  5. Beijing, China (2008)
  6. Delhi, India
  7. Cairo, Egypt (North Africa / Middle East)
  8. Cape Town, South Africa (Southern Africa)
  9. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (South America/later chosen as host of 2016)
  10. Mexico City, Mexico (1968)
  11. Los Angeles, USA (1932/1984)
  12. St. Louis, USA (1904)
  13. Atlanta, USA (1996)
  14. New York City, USA (Headquarters of the United Nations)
  15. Montreal, Canada (1976)
  16. Antwerp, Belgium (1920)
  17. Brussels, Belgium (Headquarters of the European Union)
  18. Amsterdam, Netherlands (1928)
  19. Geneva, Switzerland
  20. Lausanne, Switzerland (Headquarters of the International Olympic Committee)
  21. Paris, France (1900/1924)
  22. London, United Kingdom (1908/1948/later chosen as host of 2012)
  23. Madrid, Spain
  24. Barcelona, Spain (1992)
  25. Rome, Italy (1960)
  26. Munich, Germany (1972)
  27. Berlin, Germany (1936)
  28. Stockholm, Sweden (1912)
  29. Helsinki, Finland (1952)
  30. Moscow, Russia (1980)
  31. Kiev, Ukraine
  32. Istanbul, Turkey
  33. Sofia, Bulgaria
  34. Nicosia, Cyprus
  35. Athens, Greece (1896/2004)

The International Leg of the 2004 Olympic Torch Relay officially concluded on July 8, 2004, just over a month after it began its global journey and just over a month before the 2004 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony on August 13, 2004.

After visiting Cyprus, the Greek Leg of the Torch Relay resumed on July 9, 2004, with the flame touching down in Crete in the city of Heraklion. During the Greek Leg of the relay, the torch also made a cursory stopover in Albania when the torch was carried through a lake on the Greek-Albanian border.

The International Olympic Committee has indicated that, due to the success of the 2004 run, they might sanction a global circumnavigation of the flame before every succeeding Olympics.

See also

External links








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