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06 May 2004
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Celebrities at the Athens 2004 International Olympic Torch Relay

With exactly 100 days to go, 13 cities around the world are celebrating the Athens Olympic countdown by announcing the names of hundreds of torchbearers for the ATHENS 2004 International Olympic Torch Relay, presented by the official partners - The Coca-Cola Company and Samsung. Altogether, more than 11,000 people will participate in the Torch Relay.

11,000 torchbearers will participate
The torch will be carried by athletes, public figures and thousands of individuals, who were selected for their own ability to inspire and overcome challenges within their own local communities

Cathy Freeman in Australia, Ronaldo in Brazil
Australian 400-metre gold medallist Cathy Freeman will return to the site of her most storied triumph as the first torchbearer, when the Athens 2004 International Torch Relay kicks off in Sydney on 4 June. Rio de Janeiro, slated to be the first South American city ever to host the Olympic Torch Relay, was also among those announcing their torchbearers today – including football legends Pelé, Ronaldo and Zico.

Magic Johnson and Jennifer Anniston
Some other notable torchbearers will include NBA legend and Olympian Magic Johnson; US Olympians Gail Devers, Michael Johnson, Carl Lewis and Edwin Moses; Greek-American actress Jennifer Anniston; and Japanese pop singer Yukio Hashi.

Arrival on 13 August 2004 in Athens
“We are pleased that so many people who embody the ideals we will celebrate at the Olympic Games have been selected for the Olympic Torch Relay, and to call the world to Athens”, said Athens 2004 President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki. “With 100 days before the Games begin, Athens is working around the clock; we will be ready when those called by the torch arrive.”

Learn more on the Torch Relay - Official website of Athens 2004

Official website of Coca-cola

Official website of Samsung
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