At the ceremony, a parabolic mirror and the sun’s rays are used to ignite the Olympic flame. The flame is then passed on to the first torchbearer of the Olympic torch relay. This is usually done months in advance of the Games, but the flame for the Tokyo Olympics actually was produced over a year ago.
What does the Olympic flame symbolize?
This flame is used to light the Olympic Fire. The Olympic Flame emphasises the link between the Ancient and Modern Games, and is usually carried by runners on foot from Olympia to its final destination — Japan, this year. During the relay, the torch must never go out.
How many times has the Olympic flame gone?
So far the Olympic Flame went out 5 times. In 1976 in Montreal the fire went out due to intensive rain. In Athens in 2004 the flame went down on the historical stadium of 1896.
Has anyone ever dropped the Olympic torch?
In an inspirational sequence, Marcia Malsar fell and dropped her torch, got back up and finished her relay leg during the Rio Paralympic Opening Ceremony.
How far do they run the Olympic torch?
2020 Summer Olympics torch relay
|Host city||Tokyo, Japan|
|Distance||20,000 kilometres (12,000 mi)|
|Theme||Hope Lights Our Way|
|Start date||12 March 2020 (Greece) 25 March 2021 (Japan relay)|
|End date||25 March 2020 (Japan) 23 July 2021 (Japan relay)|