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The Olympic Torch Makes Its First Trip Around the World



The Olympic Torch Makes Its First Trip Around the World
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     challenging words:    barcelona, burning, backup, moscow, travelled, beginning, peace, security, route, recent, mainland, magnesium, city-state, freedom, based, design
     content words:    Olympic Torch Relay, Olympic Games, Olympic Stadium, Torch Relay, South America, North America, Olympic Flame, Summer Olympics, Olympic Committee, In Greece


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The Olympic Torch Makes Its First Trip Around the World
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     The Olympic Torch Relay signals the beginning of the Olympic Games. The Flame begins its journey in Olympia, Greece, where it is lit by the sun. From there it travels to the Olympic stadium in the city where the Olympics are being held. In 2004, the Olympic Games were to be held in Athens, Greece, only a short journey from Olympia. That year, however, the torch made its journey from Olympia to the Olympic Stadium in Athens by a route that took it all over the world.
 
2     The year 2004 was the first time the Olympic Torch Relay took a worldwide route. That year, the Olympic torch traveled from Europe to Australia to Asia to Africa to South America and North America and finally back to Europe. It was the first time the Olympic Flame had traveled to the continents of Africa and South America and to the country of India. Along the way, it stopped in 27 countries. Its route took it to all of the cities where the Summer Olympics have been held in the past, and also to Beijing, the site of the 2008 Summer Olympics.
 
3     Between cities, the torch was flown in a special jet airplane called Zeus. When it reached the relay cities, the torch was usually carried by foot.

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