Sydney community celebrations for the Athens 2004 Olympic Torch Relay, including relighting of the Sydney 2000 Olympic cualdron.
The Olympic Torch Relay is the transfer of the Olympic flame from Ancient Olympia, Greece, to the stadium of the city hosting the Opening Ceremony of the Games. The Olympic Torch Relay takes place before the big celebration of the Olympic Games, while the Olympic flame is the primary symbol of the Olympic ideal, noble competition, friendship and peaceful coexistence.
The objective of the Athens 2004 Torch Relay was to give to the Olympic flame the possibility to light the universal values of Olympism and to touch peoples hearts.
The Athens 2004 Olympic Torch Relay, was the first to travel the globe and return to the country that gave birth to the Games and the city of their revival. In a journey that lasted some 78 days, the Olympic flame covered a distance of more than 78.000 km, throughout the world and lighted every prefecture of Greece.
Australia is set to be the first country outside Greece to host the relay. Olympic Gold Medallist Cathy Freeman will run the first leg of the relay outside Greece, carrying the torch from the Opera House to East Circular Quay.
In Sydney the flame will travel to Sydney CBD (Starting at the Opera House); Sydneys Eastern Suburbs to Bondi Beach; Brighton Le Sands for the Greek community celebration; Sydneys inner west; Sydney CBD (Sydney Town Hall, The Rocks, climbs Harbour Bridge, sails across Sydney Harbour); North Sydney; Lane Cove; Ryde; Homebush Bay (Sydney Olympic Park).