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The Torch Is Lit

The Olympic torch has been lit! Lit in Ancient Olympia, the torch will now follow a path in Greece before making its way across the Atlantic for a long trek throughout Canada. Vancouver officials were worried that there would be protesters protesting the clubbing of baby seals, especially after the protesters that marred the 2008 torch relay, but they were pleasantly surprised.

Greek giant slalom skier Vassilis Dimitriadis was the first person to carry the torch. The torch will reach Canada on October 30th for the largest ever national relay.  It will involve around 12,000 torchbearers. The torch will be flown as far North as the Alert Forestry Station in Nunavut, which is just 500 miles from the North Pole and the northernmost inhabited place on Earth.

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