List of Olympic torch relays

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The Olympic torch relay is the ceremonial relaying of the Olympic flame from Olympia, Greece, to the site of an Olympic Games. It was first performed at the 1936 Summer Olympics, [1] and has taken place prior to every Games since.

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Although in the past some Olympic organizing committees organized torch relays which encompassed multiple countries, the International Olympic Committee now restricts international relays due to the protests during the 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay, in which the relay was met with protests at several international sites on its way to Beijing, China. [2]

Summer Olympic Games

Site of the Olympic GamesDaysTotal length (in km)Total number of torchbearersRoute
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg Berlin 1936 83,4223,422 OlympiaAthensThessaloniki (Greece) – Sofia (Bulgaria) – Belgrade (Yugoslavia) – Budapest (Hungary) – Vienna (Austria) – Prague (Czechoslovakia) – DresdenBerlin (Germany)

Two secondary relays carried the flame from Olympic Stadium in Berlin to the off-site aquatic venues: Grunau (for the rowing course), and Kiel (yachting). The cauldron in Kiel sat in an old Hanseatic galley in the bay. Kiel would also be the yachting site of the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Flag of Japan.svg / Flag of Finland.svg Cancelled 1940 Games
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cancelled 1944 Games
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 1948 137,8703,372 OlympiaCorfu (Greece) (by ship) BariMilan (Italy) – LausanneGeneva (Switzerland) – BesançonMetz (France) – Luxembourg (Luxembourg) – Brussels (Belgium) – LilleCalais (France) (by ship)– Dover – London (Great Britain)

A second relay carried the flame from Wembley, where the Games were based, to the sailing centre at Torbay, via Slough, Basingstoke, Salisbury, and Exeter.

Flag of Finland.svg Helsinki 1952 53,3651,416 Olympia - Athens (Greece) (by airplane) Aalborg - Odense - Copenhagen (Denmark) (by ship) Malmö - Gothenburg - Stockholm (Sweden) - Tornio - Oulu - Helsinki (Finland). A second flame was lit in Pallastunturi (Finland) and joined the main one in Tornio
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne 1956 2120,4703,118 Olympia - Athens (Greece) (by airplane) Darwin - Brisbane - Sydney - Canberra - Melbourne (Australia)
Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm 1956
(equestrian Games)
91,000490 Olympia - Athens (Greece) (by airplane) Copenhagen (Denmark) (by ship) Malmö - Stockholm (Sweden)
Flag of Italy.svg Rome 1960 142,7501,529 Olympia - Athens (Greece) (by ship) Syracuse - Catania - Messina - Reggio Calabria - Naples - Rome (Italy)
Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo 1964 5120,065870 Olympia - Athens (Greece) (by airplane) Istanbul (Turkey) - Beirut (Lebanon) - Tehran (Iran) - Lahore (Pakistan) - New Delhi (India) - Rangoon (Burma) - Bangkok (Thailand) - Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) - Manila (Philippines) - Hong Kong (Hong Kong) - Taipei (Taiwan) - Okinawa - Tokyo (Japan, following four different routes)
Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg Mexico City 1968 5113,6202,778 Olympia - Athens (Greece) (by ship) Genoa (Italy) (by ship) Barcelona - Madrid - Seville - Palos (by ship) Las Palmas (Spain) - San Salvador Island (Bahamas) - Veracruz - Mexico City (Mexico)
Flag of Germany.svg Munich 1972 305,5326,000 Olympia - Athens - Thessaloniki (Greece) - Istanbul (Turkey) - Varna (Bulgaria) - Bucharest - Timișoara (Romania) - Belgrade (Yugoslavia) - Budapest (Hungary) - Vienna - Linz - Salzburg - Innsbruck (Austria) - Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Munich (West Germany)
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Montreal 1976 57751,214 Olympia - Athens (Greece) (satellite transmission of an electronic pulse) Ottawa ( Ontario ) - Montreal ( Quebec ) (Canada)
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Moscow 1980 314,9155,000 Olympia - Athens - Thessaloniki (Greece) - Sofia (Bulgaria) - Bucharest (Romania) - Kishinev - Vinnytsia - Kiev - Tula - Moscow (USSR)
Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles 1984 8315,0003,636 Olympia - Athens (Greece) (by airplane) New York – BostonPhiladelphiaWashingtonDetroit – Chicago – IndianapolisAtlantaSt. LouisDallasDenverSalt Lake CitySeattleSan FranciscoSan Diego - Los Angeles (USA)
Flag of South Korea.svg Seoul 1988 2615,2501,467 Olympia - Athens (Greece) (by airplane) Jeju - Busan - Seoul (South Korea)
Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona 1992 516,30710,448 Olympia - Athens (Greece) (by ship) Empúries - Bilbao - A Coruña - Madrid - Seville (by airplane) Las Palmas - Málaga - Valencia (by ship) Palma de MallorcaBarcelona (Spain)
Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta 1996 11229,01613,267 Olympia - Athens (Greece) (by airplane) Los Angeles ( California ) – Las Vegas ( Nevada ) – San Francisco (California) – Seattle ( Washington ) – Salt Lake City ( Utah ) – Denver ( Colorado ) – Dallas ( Texas ) – St. Louis ( Missouri ) – Minneapolis ( Minnesota ) – Chicago ( Illinois ) – Detroit ( Michigan ) - Boston ( Massachusetts ) – New York ( New York ) – Philadelphia ( Pennsylvania ) – WashingtonMiami ( Florida ) – Birmingham ( Alabama ) - Atlanta ( Georgia ) (USA)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney 2000 12727,00013,300 Olympia - Athens (Greece) (by airplane) Guam - Palau - Federated States of Micronesia - Nauru - Solomon Islands -Papua New Guinea - Vanuatu - Samoa - American Samoa - Cook Islands - Tonga - Queenstown - Christchurch - Wellington - Rotorua - Auckland (New Zealand) - Uluru ( Northern Territory ) - Brisbane ( Queensland ) - Darwin (Northern Territory) - Perth ( Western Australia ) - Adelaide ( South Australia ) - Melbourne ( Victoria ) - Canberra ( Capital Territory ) - Sydney ( New South Wales ) (Australia)
Flag of Greece.svg Athens 2004 14286,00011,360 Olympia - Marathonas - Athens (Greece) (by airplane) Sydney - Melbourne (Australia) - Tokyo (Japan) - Seoul (South Korea) - Beijing (People's Republic of China) - Delhi (India) - Cairo (Egypt) - Cape Town (South Africa) - Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) - Mexico City (Mexico) - Los Angeles - St. Louis - Atlanta - New York (USA) - Montreal (Canada) - Antwerp - Brussels (Belgium) - Amsterdam (Netherlands) - Lausanne - Geneva (Switzerland) - Paris (France) - London (Great Britain) - Madrid - Barcelona (Spain) - Rome (Italy) - Munich - Berlin (Germany) - Stockholm (Sweden) - Helsinki (Finland) - Moscow (Russia) - Kiev (Ukraine) - Istanbul (Turkey) - Sofia (Bulgaria) - Nicosia (Cyprus) - Iraklion - Thessaloniki - Patras - Athens (Greece)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing 2008 130137,00021,880 Olympia - Athens (Greece) (by airplane) - Beijing (People's Republic of China) (by airplane) - Almaty (Kazakhstan) (by airplane) - Istanbul (Turkey) (by airplane) - Saint Petersburg (Russia) (by airplane) - London (Great Britain) (by airplane) – Paris (France) (by airplane) – San Francisco (USA) (by airplane) – Buenos Aires (Argentina) (by airplane) – Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) (by airplane) – Muscat (Oman) (by airplane) – Islamabad (Pakistan) (by airplane) – New Delhi (India) (by airplane) – Bangkok (Thailand) (by airplane) – Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) (by airplane) – Jakarta (Indonesia) (by airplane) – Canberra (Australia) (by airplane) – Nagano (Japan) (by airplane) – Seoul (South Korea) (by airplane) – Pyongyang (North Korea) (by airplane) – Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) (by airplane) – Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China) (by ship) – Macau (Macau, China) (by airplane) – Sanya - Wuzhishan - Wanning - Haikou (Hainan) (by airplane) – Guangzhou - Shenzhen - Huizhou - Shantou (Guangdong) (by airplane) – Fuzhou - Quanzhou - Xiamen - Longyan (Fujian) (by airplane) – Ruijin - Jinggangshan - Nanchang (Jiangxi) (by airplane) – Wenzhou - Shaoxing - Hangzhou - Ningbo - Jiaxing (Zhejiang) (by airplane) – Shanghai (by airplane) – Suzhou - Nantong - Taizhou - Yangzhou - Nanjing (Jiangsu) (by airplane) – Hefei - Huainan - Wuhu - Jixi - Huangshan (Anhui) (by airplane) – Wuhan - Yichang - Jingzhou (Hubei) (by airplane) – Yueyang - Changsha - Shaoshan (Hunan) (by airplane) – Guilin - Nanning - Baise (Guangxi) (by airplane) – Kunming - Lijiang - Shangri-La (Yunnan) (by airplane) – Guiyang - Kaili - Zunyi (Guizhou) (by airplane) – Chongqing (by airplane) – Ürümqi - Kashgar - Shihezi - Changji (Xinjiang) (by airplane) – Lhasa (Tibet) (by airplane) – Golmud - Qinghai Lake - Xining (Qinghai) (by airplane) – Yuncheng - Pingyao - Taiyuan - Datong (Shanxi) (by airplane) – Jiuquan (by airplane) – Zhongwei - Wuzhong - Yinchuan (Ningxia) (by airplane) – Yan'an - Yangling - Xianyang - Xi'an (Shaanxi) (by airplane) – Dunhuang - Jiayuguan - Lanzhou (Gansu) (by airplane) – Hohhot - Ordos - Baotou - Chifeng (Inner Mongolia) (by airplane) – Harbin - Daqing - Qiqihar (Heilongjiang) (by airplane) – Changchun - Songyuan - Jilin - Yanji (Jilin) (by airplane) – Shenyang - Anshan - Dalian (Liaoning) (by airplane) –Qingdao - Linyi - Qufu - Tai'an - Jinan (Shandong) (by airplane) – Zhengzhou - Kaifeng - Luoyang - Anyang (Henan) (by airplane) – Shijiazhuang - Qinhuangdao - Tangshan (Hebei) (by airplane) – Tianjin (by airplane) – Guang'an - Leshan - Chengdu (Sichuan) (by airplane) – Beijing (People's Republic of China)

Sichuan route postponed to the end due to earthquake.

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 2012 7012,8008,000 Olympia - Athens (Greece) (by airplane) - Land's End - Plymouth - Exeter - Taunton - Bristol - Cheltenham - Worcester - Malvern (England) (by train) - Cardiff - Swansea - Aberystwyth - Bangor (Wales) (by train) - Chester - Stoke-on-Trent - Bolton - Liverpool (England) (by ship) - Douglas (Isle of Man) (by ship) - Portrush - Derry - Newry (Northern Ireland) (by airplane) - Dublin (Republic of Ireland) (by airplane) - Belfast (Northern Ireland) (by airplane) - Glasgow - Inverness - Kirkwall - Lerwick - Stornoway - Aberdeen - Dundee - Edinburgh (Scotland) (by train) - Alnwick - Newcastle - Durham - Middlesbrough - Hull - York - Carlisle - Bowness-on-Windermere - Blackpool - Manchester - Leeds - Sheffield - Cleethorpes - Lincoln - Nottingham - Derby - Birmingham - Coventry - Leicester - Peterborough - Norwich - Ipswich - Chelmsford - Cambridge - Luton - Oxford - Reading - Basingstoke - Winchester - Salisbury - Weymouth and Portland - Bournemouth - Southampton (England) (by ship) - Saint Peter Port (Guernsey) (by ship) - Saint Helier (Jersey) (by ship) - Portsmouth - Brighton and Hove - Brighton - Hastings - Dover - Maidstone - Guildford - London (England) (Great Britain)
Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro 2016 10620,00012,000 Olympia - Athens (Greece) (by airplane) - Lausanne - Geneva (Switzerland) (by airplane) - Brasilia (Federal District) - Goiânia (Goias) - Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais) - Vitória (Espirito Santo) - Salvador (Bahia) - Aracaju (Sergipe) - Maceió (Alagoas) - Recife (Pernambuco) - Joao Pessoa (Paraiba) - Natal (Rio Grande do Norte) - Fernando de Noronha - Fortaleza (Ceará) - Teresina (Piaui) - Palmas (Tocantins) - São Luís (Maranhão) - Belém (Para) - Macapá (Amapá) - Boa Vista (Roraima) - Manaus (Amazonas) - Rio Branco (Acre) - Porto Velho (Rondônia) - Cuiabá (Mato Grosso) - Campo Grande (Mato Grosso do Sul)- Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul) - Florianópolis (Santa Catarina) - Curitiba (Paraná) - São Paulo (São Paulo) - Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro) (Brazil)
Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo 2020 11120,000- Olympia (Greece) - Athens (Greece) (by airplane) - Fukushima ( Fukushima ) - Utsunomiya ( Tochigi ) - Maebashi ( Gunma ) - Nagano ( Nagano ) - Gifu ( Gifu ) - Nagoya ( Aichi ) – Nara ( Nara ) – Osaka ( Osaka ) – Kōchi ( Kōchi ) – Matsuyama ( Ehime ) – Kagoshima ( Kagoshima ) – Naha ( Okinawa ) – Nagasaki ( Nagasaki ) – Fukuoka ( Fukuoka ) – Hiroshima ( Hiroshima ) – Kobe ( Hyōgo ) – Kyoto ( Kyoto ) – Fukui ( Fukui ) – Kanazawa ( Ishikawa ) – Yamagata ( Yamagata ) – Akita ( Akita ) – Sapporo ( Hokkaido ) – Morioka ( Iwate ) – Sendai ( Miyagi ) – Shizuoka ( Shizuoka ) – Yokohama ( Kanagawa ) – Chiba ( Chiba ) – Saitama ( Saitama ) – Tokyo (Japan)

Irregular period, relay in Greece started on 12 March 2020 in Ancient Olympia, then curtailed in Sparta the next day, and later finished in Athens without spectators on 19 March 2020, the relay went later suspended on 25 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic after the Olympics postponed to 2021. Japan relay started on 25 March 2021 in Naraha and will end on 23 July 2021 during the opening ceremony.

Flag of France.svg Paris 2024 --- Olympia (Greece) – Paris (France)
Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles 2028 --- Olympia (Greece) – Los Angeles (USA)

    Winter Olympic Games

    Site of the Olympic GamesDaysTotal length (in km)Total number of torchbearersRoute
    Flag of Norway.svg Oslo 1952 222594 MorgedalOslo (Norway)
    Flag of Italy.svg Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956 5 Rome - VeniceCortina d'Ampezzo (Italy)
    Flag of the United States.svg Squaw Valley 1960 19960700 MorgedalOslo (Norway) (by airplane) - Los AngelesFresnoSquaw Valley (USA)
    Flag of Austria.svg Innsbruck 1964 8 OlympiaAthens (Greece) (by airplane) ViennaInnsbruck (Austria)
    Flag of France.svg Grenoble 1968 507,2225,000 OlympiaAthens (Greece) (by airplane) Paris – StrasbourgLyonBordeauxToulouseMarseilleNiceChamonixGrenoble (France)
    Flag of Japan.svg Sapporo 1972 3818,74116,300 OlympiaAthens (Greece) (by airplane) Okinawa (by airplane) Tokyo – Sapporo (Japan)
    Flag of Austria.svg Innsbruck 1976 61,618 OlympiaAthens (Greece) (by airplane) Vienna (route nr. 1) LinzSalzburgInnsbruck (route nr. 2) GrazKlagenfurtInnsbruck (Austria)
    Flag of the United States.svg Lake Placid 1980 1512,82452 OlympiaAthens (Greece) (by airplane) Shannon (Ireland) Langley Air Force Base, HamptonWashingtonBaltimorePhiladelphia – New York – AlbanyLake Placid (USA)
    Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Sarajevo 1984 115,2891,600 OlympiaAthens (Greece) (by airplane) Dubrovnik (route nr. 1) SplitLjubljanaZagreb - Sarajevo (route nr. 2) SkopjeNovi SadBelgradeSarajevo (Yugoslavia)
    Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Calgary 1988 9518,0006,250 OlympiaAthens (Greece) (by airplane) St. John’s, NewfoundlandQuébec CityMontrealOttawa – Toronto – WinnipegInuvik – Vancouver – EdmontonCalgary (Canada)
    Flag of France.svg Albertville 1992 585,5005,500 OlympiaAthens (Greece) (on Concorde) Paris – NantesLe HavreLilleStrasbourgLimogesBordeauxToulouseAjaccioNiceMarseilleLyonGrenobleAlbertville (France)
    Flag of Norway.svg Lillehammer 1994 82 [nb 1] 12,000 [nb 1] 7,000 [nb 1] OlympiaAthens (Greece) (mainly by airplane: FrankfurtStuttgartKarlsruheDüsseldorfCologneHamburg (Germany) – Copenhagen (Denmark) – Stockholm (Sweden) ) – OsloLillehammer (Norway)
    (National torch relay: MorgedalKristiansandStavangerBergenGullfaks – Bergen – TrondheimTromsøSvalbard – Tromsø – Bodø – Oslo – Lillehammer (Norway) ) [nb 1] [3] [4] [5]
    Flag of Japan.svg Nagano 1998 513,4866,901 OlympiaAthens (Greece) (by airplane) Tokyo (route nr. 1) HokkaidōChibaTokyoNagano (route nr. 2) OkinawaHiroshimaKyotoNagano (route nr. 3) KagoshimaOsakaShizuokaNagano (Japan)
    Flag of the United States.svg Salt Lake City 2002 8521,27512,012 OlympiaAthens (Greece) (by airplane) AtlantaCharleston, South Carolina - Jacksonville, Florida - St. Augustine, FloridaOrlando, Florida - MiamiMobile, AlabamaBiloxi, MississippiNew Orleans - HoustonSan AntonioAustin, Texas - DallasLittle Rock, Arkansas - Memphis - Nashville, TennesseeLouisville, KentuckyCincinnatiPittsburghCumberland, Maryland – Washington, D.C. – BaltimorePhiladelphia – New York - Hartford, ConnecticutProvidence, Rhode Island - BostonBurlington, Vermont - Lake PlacidSyracuse - Cleveland - Columbus, Ohio – Chicago – Milwaukee - DetroitFort Wayne, IndianaIndianapolisLexingtonSt. Louis - Kansas CityOmahaWichita - Oklahoma CityAmarillo - Albuquerque - Phoenix – Los Angeles – San FranciscoSquaw ValleyRenoPortlandSeattleJuneauBoiseBozemanCheyenneDenverSalt Lake City (USA) [6]
    Flag of Italy.svg Turin 2006 7511,30010,000 OlympiaAthens (Greece) (by airplane) RomeFlorenceGenoaCagliari - Valletta (Malta) – PalermoNaplesBariAnconaSan Marino (San Marino) – BolognaVeniceTrieste - Koper (Slovenia) - Klagenfurt (Austria) - TrentoCortina d'AmpezzoMilan - Lugano (Switzerland) - BardonecchiaAlbertville (France) - Turin
    Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Vancouver 2010 10645,000+12,000+ OlympiaAthens (Greece) (by airplane) Victoria, British ColumbiaYukonNorthwest TerritoriesAlbertaSaskatchewanManitobaNunavutQuebecNewfoundland and LabradorNova ScotiaPrince Edward IslandNew BrunswickQuebecOntarioManitobaSaskatchewanAlberta (Canada) – Washington (USA) – Vancouver (Canada) [7]
    Flag of Russia.svg Sochi 2014 12365,00014,000+ OlympiaAmaliada - Elis - Pyrgos - Zacharo - Kalo Nero - Tripoli - Levidi - Lefkasi - Kalavryta - Patras - Rio - Missolonghi - Agrinio - Karpenisi - Lamia - Volos - Larissa - Katerini - Thessaloniki - Giannitsa - Naousa - Edessa - Florina - Kastoria - Grevena - Ioannina - Kalabaka - Trikala - Karditsa - Lamia - Amfissa - Delphi - Arachova - Livadeia - Athens (Greece) (by airplane) - Moscow - Kolomna - Odintsovo - Arkhangelskoye - Krasnogorsk - Dmitrov - Saint PetersburgKaliningradMurmanskArkhangelskYakutskVladivostokIrkutskNovosibirskKazanNizhny NovgorodVolgogradRostov-on-DonAstrakhanGroznySochi (Russia)
    Flag of South Korea.svg Pyeongchang 2018 1012,0187,500 OlympiaAthens (Greece) (by airplane) - Incheon (by airplane) – Jeju (by airplane) – BusanUlsanGeoje - Tongyeong (by ship) - Changwon - Changnyeong - Sacheon (South Gyeongsang)Yeosu - Suncheon - Gangjin (by helicopter) - Mokpo - Damyang - Gokseong (South Jeolla)Muju - Jeonju (North Jeolla)Buyeo (South Chungcheong)DaejeonSejong – Osong – Jincheon - Chungju - Danyang (North Chungcheong)Bonghwa - Andong (North Gyeongsang)DaeguPohang (North Gyeongsang)Suwon (Gyeonggi)SeoulPaju - Yeoncheon (Gyeonggi) (by bike) – Hwacheon (by bike) - Goseong - Hwacheon - Hwacheon - Hoengseong - Samcheok - Jeongseon - Pyeongchang (Gangwon) (South Korea)
    Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing 2022 --- Olympia (Greece) – Beijing (People's Republic of China)
    Flag of Italy.svg Milan–Cortina d'Ampezzo 2026 --- Olympia (Greece) – Milan (Italy)
    1. 1 2 3 4 For the 1994 Lillehammer Games, the flame for the national torch relay was lit at Sondre Norheim's birthplace in Morgedal, where the official 1952 & 1960 flames were lit in the same manner. The original plan to merge it with the official Olympia flame at Oslo was abandoned due to Greek opposition; only the official flame was used in the opening ceremony. All statistics are for the national torch relay only. The Morgedal flame was maintained and later used at the 1994 Winter Paralympics.

    Youth Summer Olympic Games

    Site of the Olympic GamesDaysTotal length (in km)Total number of torchbearersRoute
    Flag of Singapore.svg Singapore 2010 2226,700+2,400+ Olympia (Greece) – Berlin (Germany) - Dakar (Senegal) - Mexico City (Mexico) - Auckland (New Zealand) - Seoul (South Korea) - Singapore
    Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Nanjing 2014 108104 Athens (Greece) - 258 different online locations from the 204 participating NOCs - Nanjing (People's Republic of China)
    Flag of Argentina.svg Buenos Aires 2018 6314,000- Athens (Greece) - La Plata (Buenos Aires) - Parana (Entre Rios) - Santa Fe (Santa Fe) - Iguazu (Misiones) - Corrientes (Corrientes) - Jujuy (Jujuy) - Salta (Salta - Tucuman (Tucuman) - Catamarca (Catamarca) - La Rioja (La Rioja) - Mendoza (Mendoza) - San Juan (San Juan) - Cordoba (Cordoba) - Neuquen (Neuquen) - Bariloche (Rio Negro) - Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego) - Buenos Aires (Federal Capital) (Argentina)
    Flag of Senegal.svg Dakar 2022 --- Athens (Greece) - Dakar (Senegal)

    Youth Winter Olympic Games

    Site of the Olympic GamesDaysTotal length (in km)Total number of torchbearersRoute
    Flag of Austria.svg Innsbruck 2012 183,5732,012 Olympia (Greece) - Innsbruck - Bregenz - St. Anton am Arlberg - Lienz - Klagenfurt - Semmering - Wien - Graz - Eisenstadt - St. Pölten - Linz - Salzburg - Schladming - Seefeld in Tirol - Kühtai - Kufstein - Innsbruck (Austria)
    Flag of Norway.svg Lillehammer 2016 74-- Athens (Greece) - Lillehammer - Alta - Oslo - Gjøvik - Otta - Elverum - Trysil - Lillehammer (Norway)
    Flag of Switzerland.svg Lausanne 2020 110-- Athens (Greece) - Lausanne - Morges - NyonYverdon-les-Bains - Payerne - Aigle - Ollon - University of Lausanne - Échallens - Château-d'Œx - Prilly - Bourg-en-Lavaux - Lausanne - Geneva - Neuchâtel - Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Flag of South Korea.svg Gangwon 2024 --- Athens (Greece) - Chuncheon (South Korea)

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    The 1996 Summer Olympics torch relay was run from April 27, 1996, until July 19, 1996, prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The route covered 26,875 kilometres (16,699 mi) across the United States and included a trek on the Pony Express, a ride on the Union Pacific Railroad, and a torch was taken into space for the first time. The relay involved over 12,000 torchbearers, including Muhammad Ali, who was chosen to light the Olympic cauldron.

    2020 Summer Olympics torch relay

    The 2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is scheduled to run from 12 March 2020 and will end on 23 July 2021. After being lit in Olympia, Greece, the torch was handed over to the Olympic shooting champion Anna Korakaki, who became the first woman to be first Olympic torchbearer. It was then transported to Athens on 19 March by official airliner Japan Airlines. The Japanese leg began in Fukushima, and is scheduled to end in Tokyo's New National Stadium, the main venue of the 2020 Olympics. It makes a tour of Japanese cities, including all 47 prefectural capitals. The torch is even scheduled to go to two remote island groups which are part of Tokyo. The end of the relay will be the finale of the 2020 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. Toyota, NTT, JXTG, Nippon Life, JAL, ANA and Japan Post Holdings are the presenting partners of the relay, with the slogan being "Hope Lights Our Way".

    1988 Winter Olympics torch relay

    The 1988 Olympic torch relay began on November 15, 1987, when the torch was lit at Olympia and Greek runner Stellos Bisbas began what was called "the longest torch run in history". The flame arrived in St. John's, Newfoundland on the Atlantic Ocean two days later and over 88 days, traveled west across Canada. It passed through most major cities, north to the Arctic Ocean at Inuvik, Northwest Territories, then west to the Pacific Ocean at Victoria, British Columbia before returning east to Alberta, and finally Calgary. The torch covered a distance of 18,000 kilometres (11,000 mi), the greatest distance for a torch relay in Olympic history until the 2000 Sydney Games, and a sharp contrast to the 1976 Montreal Games when the relay covered only 775 kilometres (482 mi).

    The 1952 Summer Olympics torch relay was the symbolic transport of the Olympic flame from Olympia, Greece, to the venue of the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, where it featured as part of the opening ceremony.

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