• Short Summary

    A major operation has been launched to ensure that the Olympic flame for the Montreal Olympic Games in Canada this year will travel Safely, straight from Greece.

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    A major operation has been launched to ensure that the Olympic flame for the Montreal Olympic Games in Canada this year will travel Safely, straight from Greece.

    It is costing about $230,000 to transmit the flame - by satellite - from Athens to Ottawa, where an impulse will activate a laser beam restoring the original instantly.

    The laser beam will be reflected int a parabolic mirror, igniting the fuel in an urn on Parliament Hill and it will all take less than a twentieth of a second.

    A trial run of the operation took place on Thursday (27 May) and it was successful, but there is an elaborate second plan being organised in case it does not work on 13 July.

    Four back-up flames are being flown in from Athens.

    When the flame arrives in Canada, 500 torch carrying runners will relay it to Montreal where, on 17 July, it will be carried into the Olympic stadium to officially open the Games.

    One tradition has had to be forfeited this year. The flame is normally visible from a height of 120 feet, but the tower on the stadium is uncompleted so the flame will burn from a height of 20 feet.

    SYNOPSIS: A method which marries 20th century technology to a tradition which began many centuries before the birth of Christ will be used to transport the Olympic flame this year. It involves the transmission of the flame by satellite to Ottawa in Canada for the Montreal Olympics in July.

    Doreen Kay of CBC news reports.......

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAB0UOPDMR7A8RWD97QZ3JZED1
    Media URN:
    VLVAAB0UOPDMR7A8RWD97QZ3JZED1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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