Follow the Olympic Torch Relay in Google Earth and Maps

Olympic Torch Relay in Google EarthGoogle has announced the 2008 Global Torch Relay maps they have developed to help everyone follow the Olympic Torch as it makes its way around the world on its way to Beijing, China for the opening of the Olympics in August. You can visit their web site at where you get a special Google Maps mashup which shows the current position of the torch, and “slider” buttons that let you go to each city/location the torch visits. Or, better yet, you can load the 2008 Torch Relay network link in Google Earth and get a much more dynamic view of the location (including 3D terrain, 3D buildings, Panoramio photos of the cities, etc., etc.). Double click on the “2008 Torch Relay” network link to be flown to the current city (today it is Istanbul). Open the city placemark to see information on the city. Click on the Previous City or Next City links to see where the torch goes. The date the torch is in each city is shown in the title of the placemark.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. It would be cool to be able to embed a google earth widget in a website showing the torches progress

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