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    With traditional pageantry the Olympic flame arrived at Innsbruck in Austria on Sunday (1 February) to herald the start of the 1796 Winter Olympics.

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    With traditional pageantry the Olympic flame arrived at Innsbruck in Austria on Sunday (1 February) to herald the start of the 1796 Winter Olympics.

    The arrival of the flame ended a three day journey from a Greek Olive grove and culminated in a colourful ceremony in a sunlit medieval square.

    A 50 piece brass band in Tyrolean folk costume played as Olympic gold medallists Olga and Trixi Schuba, last two of a team of top Austrian athletes, bore twin torches through a cheering crowd.

    The flame, in a miner's lamp decorated with the five olympic rings, was handed to Innsbruck Mayor Alois Lugger who declared "we have built a bridge between Olympia and Innsbruck".

    The twin torches - which will be used to light two braziers in the Berg Isel ski jump stadium when the winter games open on Wednesday (4 February) - symbolise Innsbruck's pride i staging the Olympic for the second time.

    Until Wednesday's opening ceremony the flame will be guarded by a ceremonial company of traditional Tyrolean sharpshooters.

    Sunday's ceremony took place only a few hundred yards (metres) from where international Olympic committee delegates will meet on Monday (2 February) to question Montreal officials on their plans for the trouble-hit summer games scheduled to be held in the Canadian city.

    SYNOPSIS: Innsbruck's best known tourist attraction, the gilded and painted 15th century balcony known as the Little Golden Roof, together with a fifty-piece brass band in Tyrolean costume served as backdrop on Sunday for the arrival of the olympic flame for the winter games which open on Wednesday.

    As the band played, Olympic gold medallists, Olga pall and Trixi Schuba, last two of a team of top Austrian athletes, bore twin torches through a cheering crowd during the final moments of a three-day journey that brought the flame from a Greek olive grove. The twin torches will be used to light two braziers in the Berg Isel ski jump stadium when the winter games open. They symbolise Innsbruck's pride in staging the Olympics for the second time. The flame will be guarded by a ceremonial company of traditional Tyrolean sharpshooters until the opening ceremony.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE1G6LHX1P8YW4T8X6TQK819FN
    Media URN:
    VLVAE1G6LHX1P8YW4T8X6TQK819FN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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