In fact, the tradition of lighting a flame started in ancient Greece. Back then, organizers of the games kept a flame burning throughout the events. … The relay ends at the site of that year’s Olympic Games. There, the flame is used to light the cauldron during the opening ceremony.
How does the Olympic torch stay lit?
The flame is lit according to the ancient method of the sun’s rays in the parabolic mirror. The Olympic flame can only be lit in this way. The flame is placed in an urn and transported into the ancient stadium where it is given to the first runner by the high priestess responsible for this operation.
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 symbolize?
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 much gas does the Olympic flame burn?
Bruce Swiecicki, a senior technical advisor with the US National Propane Gas Association, said a cauldron of Olympic size can be expected to consume roughly 11 gallons (41.6 liters) of propane per hour, which comes out to about 4,200 gallons (16,000 liters) over the 16 days it will be lit for the summer games.
Who lit the Olympic flame in 2012?
People who have lit the Olympic cauldron
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