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Athens Olympics Tourch Relay Map
Description : Map showing the detailed journey of the Athens Olympics Tourch across various cities around the world. Disclaimer
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The Olympic Tourch : 
The Athens 2004 Olympic torch is designed to resemble an olive leaf. Weighing 700 grams and standing at 68 cm, the torch's design was selected to enhance the flame with its upward dynamic shape. Its ergonomic curved design establishes the torch as the continuation of the flame, which does not only come from the torch, but rises as a continuation of the torchbearer's hand. On August 13th 2004 in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Greece, the torch will light the flame in the Athens Olympic Stadium.

The Tourch Relay : 
The Olympic Torch Relay is the transfer of the Olympic flame from Ancient Olympia, Greece, to the stadium of the city hosting the Opening Ceremony of the Games.

The objective of the ATHENS 2004 Torch Relay is to give to the Olympic flame the possibility to light the universal values of Olympism and to touch people's hearts. In a journey that lasted some 78 days, the Olympic flame covered a distance of more than 78.000 km, throughout the world and light every prefecture of Greece.

Beyond the borders of Greece the Flame, in the hands of 3600 Torchbearers, traveled to Africa and Latin America for the first time and it finally returned to all the previous Olympic cities. A total of 260 million people had the opportunity to see the Flame in their city.

The first leg of the Olympic Torch Relay started on March 25th 2004 with the Lighting Ceremony in Olympia. The Flame travelled around Peloponnese and the islands of Argosaronikos for seven days. After its international journey it returned to Greece for the second leg, which took place from July 9th 2004 to August 13th 2004.

The Olympic flame commenced on its International Route on 04 June and returned to Greece on 9 July, after an international journey on all five continents, through 26 countries and 34 cities. It continued its journey in Greece. In Greece, the olympic torch route passed through the 54 prefectures of Greece. For 43 days, approximately 7700 Torchbearers travelled across the country, passing through large cities as well as small border towns, finally to arrive at the Athens Olympic Stadium on the evening of 13 August.

The Olympics Mascot : 
Phevos and Athena, the official ATHENS 2004 mascots, are brother and sister. The brother and sister mascots are inspired from a pair of 7th century dolls found during archaeological excavations in Greece. Their names are linked to Ancient Greece, yet the two siblings are children of modern times.

The names are of two Olympian gods: Phevos, the god of light and music, known as Apollo; and Athena, goddess of wisdom and patron of the city of Athens. Phevos and Athena represent the link between Greek history and the modern Olympic Games.

Phevos and Athena represent the values of Olympism: participation, brotherhood, equality, cooperation, fair play.

Athena and Phevos are two dolls. They remind us of the pleasure of indulging in games; they highlight that the value of participation is higher than that of victory.


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