The Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay was launched on December 4, 2001 in Atlanta, the site of the last Olympic Games in America. This began a 65-day, 13,500 mile journey through 46 states with 11,500 torchbearers. The relay culminated on February 8, 2002 with a grand entrance into the Opening Ceremonies at Rice Eccles Stadium.
Highlights of the relay included:
• Muhammad Ali lighting the flame upon its arrival in Atlanta, GA from Olympia Greece
• A ceremonial torch pass at the Pentagon honoring those affected by the September 11 terrorist attacks
• President Bush welcoming the flame at the White House
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