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Olympic Fire Rips Round New York

June 20, 2004|From Associated Press

NEW YORK — The Olympic torch arrived in New York on Saturday and began a 34-mile tour across the city, which recently was named as one of five finalists to host the 2012 Summer Games.

New York is the 14th city on the torch's five-continent world tour, which began March 25 when it was lighted at the temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece.

The torch was in Los Angeles on Wednesay, where it arrived by plane from Mexico City, and later stopped in St. Louis and Atlanta. From New York, the torch will head to Montreal before crossing the Atlantic and ending its 50,000-mile trip with the Aug. 13 opening of the Summer Games in Athens, site of the first Olympics in 776 B.C.

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