NANJING, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)--After the Virtual Torch Relay traveled around the world, the real action took place in the streets of the host city in the form of the two-part Nanjing 2014 Torch Relay just days before the start of the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG). Major landmarks of the city were filled with spectators and media as 104 torchbearers proudly bore the YOG flame 11,800 meters though the city. Each of the two parts of the torch relay began with a young student torchbearer in honor of the YOG participants and continued with athletes and major figures from a variety of fields.
A total of 45 torchbearers including Olympic badminton champion and “Super Grand Slam” winner Lin Dan, took part in the first run along the Nanjing City Wall held on August 8.
The second part took place on August 12 on the “River Front Route” and toured modern scenic points in Nanjing from the Olympic Square in the Youth Olympic Village to the Wanjing Garden Riverfront Square. An enthusiastic team of 59 torchbearers carried the YOG flame over a distance of 6,600 meters while being greeted by traditional performances along the way to celebrate the occasion.
The Torch Relay of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games is a new combination of the physical and the virtual. The virtual torch and the ideals of the Youth Olympic Games have traveled the globe with the goal of attracting as many young people as possible to join in the celebration. So far, the Virtual Torch Relay has amassed more than 90,000,000 hits from participants during its three-month journey across the 204 National Olympic Committee (NOC) countries and regions. Now the YOG Torch Relay has provided a physical manifestation of the YOG spirit that made its way around the world in the Virtual Torch Relay.
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