November 27, 2003 |
The Olympic flame will make unprecedented visits to South America and Africa in its global journey from the Games' ancient birthplace. After the lighting at Ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Games 3,000 years ago, the torch will pass through all former Summer Olympic cities - from Berlin, where the torch relay was introduced in 1936, to Sydney, Australia. The torch will be in the United States June 16-19 - in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Atlanta and New York. More than 3,600 torchbearers will carry the flame for 78 days outside Greece, covering about 48,500 miles.
February 14, 1988 |
A group of Indians protested the arrival in Calgary of the Olympic flame, which had been carried by 7,000 Canadians across the country for 88 days. The tiny band of Lubicon Lake Indians, from northern Alberta, took the moment to make a protest against the Canadian government on the world stage. The group of about 300 Indians and their white supporters began to chant "Share the shame" - a bitter takeoff on the torch relay's motto, "Share the flame" - as Hans Macey of Calgary, dressed in the official red and white running suit of the torch bearers, carried the flame.
January 7, 2002 |
THERE MAY BE no greater example of mankind's need to create significance where none exist than the Olympic Torch Relay, which recently came through our area while slowly winding its way toward Salt Lake City for the upcoming Winter Olympics. To many, the Olympic Torch Relay embodies the enduring human spirit and the uniting of a community for a common cause. To me, the relay represents the gullibility and silliness of our species. For those unfamiliar with the Torch Relay, months before a new Olympics is to begin, a sanctified ceremony is held in Olympia, Greece.
June 18, 1996 |
"Go, Eric, go!" That's what lawyer Eric D. Ashton said he expected to hear from about 30 friends and relatives as he carries the Olympic torch along the West River Drive tonight. "They also said they were going to yell, 'Don't drop it,' " laughed Ashton, one of 50 "Community Heroes" selected to carry the torch when it passes through the Philadelphia area tonight and tomorrow. Selected by the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the torchbearers are people who exemplify the spirit of volunteerism in their communities, such as the former beauty queen who works with breast-cancer survivors, the police captain who remodels houses for the poor, the retiree who helps senior citizens prepare their taxes, and the bank vice president who is a volunteer firefighter.
June 17, 1996 |
From hand to hand, it is passing from village to town to city, little more than a flicker of yellow-red flame - the Olympic torch. As it passes the crossroads and curbsides of America, people cheer, some cry, all are moved. The Olympic flame is a symbol of our connectedness with our neighbors, next door and around the globe. At a time when cynicism and selfishness appear in vogue, there is a refreshing sense of wonderment and joy as the torch broaches the crest of a hill and floats into town.
June 20, 1996 |
Almost an hour before the Olympic torch could even be seen from the pedestrian overpass at the 69th Street Terminal, Jim and Fran Boyer were camped out in the rain, coffee in hand. The couple had gotten up at 3 a.m. to make sure that they would get a good spot. Like thousands of other people, the Boyers braved cold and wet conditions yesterday to catch a glimpse of Olympic history as torchbearers passed the flame in a relay through neighborhoods in Delaware and Chester Counties.
August 9, 2011 |
Her dream is to row in the Olympics. Twice she has come so close - only to be named an alternate. She has invested eight years of her life in this quest. Now she is 30, a high school crew coach working for her ex-boyfriend. Sparks still fly between them, yet the Olympic flame still flickers. What now? Such is the predicament of Abi Brooks, the protagonist in Backwards , an independent film being shot in and around Philadelphia, especially Boathouse Row, the epicenter of the city's rowing culture.
July 29, 2012 |
Ryan Harrison left Wimbledon and the Olympics with a mangled racket as a souvenir. Donald Young departed with his losing streak intact. Christina McHale bid farewell after receiving a sympathetic hug from Michelle Obama. It was a difficult day for first-time Olympians in U.S. tennis. Among the rookies, only John Isner managed a victory Saturday, beating Olivier Rochus of Belgium, 7-6 (1), 6-4. Harrison lost his cool and the match against Santiago Giraldo of Colombia, 7-5, 6-3. Young remained winless since February when he was eliminated by Andreas Seppi of Italy, 6-4, 6-4. McHale was beaten by former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, 6-4, 7-5, then afterward met the first lady.
December 16, 2009 |
Nylander demoted The Washington Capitals sent high-salaried forward Michael Nylander to the minor-league Grand Rapids Griffins on loan yesterday, ridding the team of a $4.875 million salary. Nylander, the team's premier free-agent acquisition in 2007, had not been activated for any of this season's first 33 games. "It was just playing style," said general manager George McPhee. "It just didn't work out. For lots of reasons, players excel in one place and don't in another.
July 10, 1994
At the 1988 Summer Olympic Games, Greg Louganis won a diving gold medal when, under excruciating pressure, he performed a reverse-2 1/2 somersault, one day after he had badly missed the same dive, gashing his head on a springboard. But the Olympic champion says that wasn't the most pressure-packed moment of his life. No, he says, that honor goes to the "terrifying" moment on Thursday in St. Louis when he told a stunned crowd of 1,000 Olympic Festival athletes and corporate sponsors that he is gay. Why did this splendid and respected athlete, an embodiment of the Olympic ideal, go through the ordeal of publicly discussing his sexual orientation?