ATHENS, Greece - Magic Johnson, Carl Lewis and Gail Devers, along with "Friends" TV star Jennifer Aniston, will help carry the Olympic torch on its journey around the world.
Australia's 400-meter Olympic champion Cathy Freeman will carry the torch at the start of the relay in Sydney on June 4.
Later in Brazil, the flame's first appearance in South America, the torch will be carried by soccer stars including Pele, Ronaldo and Zico.
Besides Johnson, Lewis and Devers, Michael Johnson and Edwin Moses and actress Angelina Jolie were selected. Aniston is of Greek descent.
In London, Roger Bannister, Steve Redgrave, Tim Henman and Sally Gunnell are among 140 torch bearers who will carry the flame through the city.
The flame was lit in Ancient Olympia on March 25 and brought to Athens' marble stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896. It will burn at the stadium until June 4, when it starts a 46,800-mile journey across six continents, 27 countries and 33 cities with some 11,000 runners.
The torch relay returns to Greece July 9 for the second half of its domestic relay. Jolie will carry the torch during one of the relay's final stages for the Aug. 13-29 Olympics.