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Facts & Figures All the information from all Olympic Torch Relays so far

Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936


For the first time at an edition of the Olympic Winter Games a symbolic fire was lit. A symbolic fire was also used a second time in 1948 for the Olympic Winter Games in St. Moritz.

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Oslo 1952

© 1952 / Comité International Olympique (CIO)

- Number of torchbearers: 4 (skiers).
- Total distance ~ 225 km.
- Countries crossed: Norway, departure from Morgedal, valley in the Telemark region, Oslo.

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Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956

© 1956 / Zardini Foto / Zardini Foto

- Number of torchbearers: unknown
- Total distance: unknown
- Countries crossed: Greece, Italy
The flame used for the Torch relay was again a symbolic rather than Olympic one. This time it was lit at the Temple of Jupiter at the Capital in Rome.

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1960 Squaw Valley

- Number of torchbearers: +600
- Total distance: not available
- Countries crossed: Norway, United States.
A symbolic Nordic flame was again lit in the hearth of the Morgedal House in Norway, birthplace of Sondre Norheim, the great pioneer of modern skiing. From there it was sent across the Atlantic and on to Squaw Valley by torch relay.

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Innsbruck 1964

© 1964 / Comité International Olympique (CIO)

- Number of torchbearers: unknown.
- Total distance: unknown.
- Countries crossed: Greece, Austria.

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Grenoble 1968

© 1968 / Comité International Olympique (CIO)

- Number of torchbearers: ~5 000.
- Total distance: 7 222 km.
- Countries crossed: Greece, France.
Organizers added their own unique touch to the final leg of the Olympic Torch relay by rigging a microphone to the chest of the torchbearer, Alain Calmat. As Calmat mounted the steps to the Olympic cauldron the sound of his heartbeat could be heard throughout the stadium.

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Sapporo 1972

© 1972 International Olympic Committee

- Number of torchbearers: 16 200.
- Total distance: 4 735 km in Japan, 335 km in Greece
- Countries crossed: Greece, Japan.

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Innsbruck 1976
 

© 1976 / Comité International Olympique (CIO) / United Archives

- Number of torchbearers: unknown.
- Total distance: 1 590 km divided in two routes
- Countries crossed: Greece, Austria.
To celebrate the fact that the Olympic Winter Games were being held for a second time in Innsbruck there were two Olympic cauldrons – one for 1964 and one for 1976.

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Lake Placid 1980

© 1980 / Comité International Olympique (CIO)

- Number of torchbearers: 52 (26 men and 26 women representing the different states of America, the District of Columbia and the town of Lake Placid) A total of only 52 torchbearers, both male and female, who best exemplified the ancient Greek ideal of the „whole man‟ were selected to carry the Torch for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games Torch relay. Each torchbearer carried the torch multiple times on the 1,600km national leg of the relay route.
- Total distance: 12 824 km (of which 1600 km in the USA).
- Countries crossed: Greece, USA (from Langley, Virginia to Lake Placid, New York State).

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Sarajevo 1984

 

© 1984 / Comité International Olympique (CIO) / PI, Avelino

- Number of torchbearers: 1 600.
- Total distance: 5 289 km in Yugoslavia (2 602 and 2 687 km) figures not provided for Greece.
A second flame was created from the original sacred one and the relay was divided and conducted in two separate routes from Dubrovnik to Sarajevo.
- Countries crossed: Greece, Yugoslavia.

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Calgary 1988
 

© 1988 / Deutsche Presse Agentur

- Number of torchbearers: ~ 7 342.
- Total distance: 18 000 km in Canada, figures not provided for Greece.
- Countries crossed: Greece, Canada.
- The torchbearer selection process for Calgary made history for the time by becoming the largest contest of its kind in Canada. Almost 7 million entries were received to fill the approximately 7,000 slots to carry the Flame for a distance of 1km.

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Albertville 1992

  © 1992 / ASL

- Number of torchbearers: ~ 5 500.
- Total distance: approx. 5 700 km in France, figures not provided for Greece.
- Countries crossed: Greece, France

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Lillehammer 1994


© 1994 / Comité International Olympique (CIO) / MAEDER, Jean-Paul

- Number of torchbearers: unknown.
- Total distance: approx. 6 000 km.
- Countries crossed: Greece, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Norway.
The Olympic torch took to the air when the third to last torchbearer, Stein Gruben, leapt from a The ski jump while holding the lit torch. The fact that this feat was not an easy one was proven when the original jumper, Ole Gunnar Fidjestol, injured himself during a rehearsal and had to be replaced by Gruben. A separate „non- Olympic‟ relay using a Nordic flame lit at Morgedal was also held but it was the Olympic flame from the official Olympic Torch relay that burned in the Olympic cauldron for the duration of the Games.

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Nagano 1998
 

© 1998 / Allsport Zoom / WARSHAW, Todd

- Number of torchbearers: 6 901.
- Total distance: approx. 1 162 km, figures not provided for Greece. The flame was split into three and carried along separate routes.
- Countries crossed: Greece, Japan

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Salt Lake City 2002  

© 2002 / Getty Images News and Sport / BELLO, Al


Number of torchbearers: 12 012
- Total distance: 21 725 km.
- Countries crossed: Greece, United States.
For the first time in Winter Games history it was an entire team - the 1980 U.S. men‟s gold medal winning ice hockey team - who were selected to light the Olympic cauldron.
The cauldron reflected the „Light the Fire Within‟ theme of the Games with its unique design that had the Flame burning within rather than atop the unique triangular shaped glass cauldron.

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Torino 2006

 

© 2006 / Comité International Olympique (CIO) / KISHIMOTO, Tsutomu

- Number of torchbearers: 10 001.
- Total distance: 11 300 km.
- Countries crossed: Greece, France (to former Olympic Winter Games host cities Albertville and Grenoble), San Marino, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

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Vancouver 2010


© 2010 / Photo Kishimoto Corporation

- Number of torchbearers: ~ 12 000.
- Total distance: ~ 45 000 km.
- Countries crossed: Greece, Canada
This edition of the Olympic Torch Relay was the longest national relay ever held. The flame was lit in Olympia on 22 October 2009 and from 30 October 2009 until the 12 February 2010, the Olympic Flame visited over 1 000 communities and place of interests in Canada,
- Over 100 days in length.
- Nearly 200 celebrations hosted by communities in every province and territory.
- Approximately 90 per cent of Canada‟s population was within a one-hour drive of experiencing the Olympic Flame.
- Extensive tour of the North including a planned visit to Alert, Nunavut, the northernmost permanently inhabited community in the world. 

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Sochi 2014


© 2013 / Photo Sochi 2014

Number of torchbearers: 14,000
Duration: 123 days, from 7 October 2013 to 7 February 2014
Distance: 65,000km

After being lit in Olympia, Greece, the Olympic flame will be transported to Moscow on 7 October 2013, where it will start its journey across Russia.

While travelling across the entire country, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay will visit many important historic, cultural and picturesque areas of Russia, including Yasnaya Polyana, the Russian part of the Curonian Spit, the Avachinskiy Volcanoes and the Kizhi Museum Reserve.

So that as many Russians as possible can experience the excitement of the Olympic Torch Relay, the route has been designed to ensure that 90% of Russia's population will be within an hour of the Relay at some stage. This should allow approximately 130 million residents to participate in the event.

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay will be the longest in the history of the Olympic Winter Games and will visit more than 2,900 towns and settlements across all 83 Russian regions, from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok, covering on average 535 kilometers per day, and will be carried by 14,000 torchbearers. More than 30,000 volunteers are also expected to participate in the Relay.

Coca-Cola, Ingosstrakh Insurance Company and JSC Russian Railways are the three Presenting Partners of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay.