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Torch Relay Transport Modes

The Olympic Games torch relay begins with the flame being lit by the sun's rays at the ancient site of Olympia, after which it is passed by torch from person to person all the way to the Olympic stadium in the host city.

While traditionally the torch was carried by a runner, over the years there have been some interesting other modes of transportation of the flame. Below is an alphabetical list of many of these unusual transport modes.

Transport Modes

English equestrian Zara Phillips carrying the torch on horsebackEnglish equestrian Zara Phillips carrying the torch on horseback

Winter Games Torch Relay

There are a couple of special mentions of unusual transport methods of the flame for the Winter Olympics.

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