The Olympic torch relay is an even more modern event. It began in 1936 before the Summer Olympics in Berlin. Today, the torch relay starts in Greece. From there, it carries the Olympic flame around the world.
How far does the Olympic torch travel?
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)|
Does the Olympic flame ever go out?
There are stories that the Olympic flame has never gone out since the first Games, however, this is not actually the case. The flame is relit a few months before each Olympics, and then the torch relay begins.
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.
What do the Olympic rings stand for?
The Olympic symbol (the Olympic rings) expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.
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.