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Olympic Flame Reaches British Shores
May 20, 2012

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The Olympic Flame has landed on the shores of the host nation.

The Flame, which completed its journey from Olympia through Greece and then by plane and helicopter, touched down at Land's End, Cornwall, into the waiting arms of Ben Ainslie, a three-time gold medal-winning yachtsman, who carried it a few hundred yards and then handed off to another torch-bearer, to the cheers of thousands of observers lining the Relay route.

In all, 8,000 people will run with the Olympic Torch during the next weeks, as the Torch wends its way across the four countries that make up the United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The journey will last 70 days and will include visits to more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages. Landmarks are on the route as well, with a stop at Stonehenge in the works. A brief stopover in Ireland completes the picture, with the giant cauldron in London being lit on July 27 during the Opening Ceremonies.

The Olympic Torch was first lit in modern times at the 1928 Games, in Amsterdam. The first Torch Relay took place in 1936, ending at the Berlin Olympics.

This year's Torch is triangular, to signify London's third time hosting the Olympics. Games took place there in 1908 and 1948.

The Olympic Games run from July 27 to August 12.

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