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IOC President Jacques Rogge and Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki…

IOC President Jacques Rogge and Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, head of the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee, applaud after unveiling the torch that will be used in the Olympic relay in next year’s Games. The torch, made of magnesium and olive wood, is of a light, pure design inspired by the thin, silvery leaf of the olive tree. A wreath formed by an olive twig is the emblem of the Athens Games. The city is named after the goddess Athena who gave it the gift of an olive tree, which helped make ancient Athens great. The torch will be carried on a relay across five continents after being lit from a flame in Ancient Olympia. ‘It is the messenger of the Olympics,’ Angelopoulos-Daskalaki said.