WILL NOT IGNITE FLAME
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[ June 17th 2004 ]
Award winner Angelina Jolie will not ignite the
Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of
the 2004 Olympic Games because of movie commitments,
an official spokesperson for the actress has confirmed.
The 29-year-old actress, star of recent videogame
adaptation Lara Croft Tomb Raider and Goodwill
Ambassador for the United Nations High Commission
for Refugees (UNHCR), was tapped to run the final
leg bearing the Olympic torch to conclude an international
relay to commemorate the official opening of the
2004 Olympic Games.
than 200 people in two chartered jets will accompany
the $45 million relay that will take the flame
for the first time to all five continents, including
debut legs in Africa and Latin America. Previous
torch processions at Sydney and Atlanta were largely
domestic affairs with a brief international leg.
When it arrives in Sydney the flame in the lantern
will be used to light the torch that will then
be passed to thousands of runners, before returning