A burning flame has been part of the modern Olympics since 1928, but the tradition goes all the way back to the ancient Games in Greece. … 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.
How do they keep the Olympic torch 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.
Who carries the torch in the Olympics?
People who have lit the Olympic cauldron
|2012 Summer||London||Cameron MacRitchie|
|2014 Winter||Sochi||Irina Rodnina|
|2016 Summer||Rio de Janeiro||Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima (stadium cauldron)|
How does the Olympic torch travel from continent to continent?
Since it has to get from Greece to Switzerland to the official country hosting the Olympic Games, it travels by plane to get there quickly. Once on land, the torchbearers can take over. Overall, the torch will travel 30,000 km: 20,000 km on the ground and 10,000 km in an airplane!
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.
Is the Olympic torch always lit?
And while this relay has been largely spectator-free, the flame’s destination remains the same: the Olympic cauldron, which stays lit for the duration of the Games. Over the decades, the torch’s appearance has become an important part of the custom.
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.
What does the Olympic torch symbolize?
“It makes you realise the meaning of the flame and that it is a symbol of the Olympic message of peace, friendship, tolerance and hope. When people see the flame, they begin to properly realise the Games are here, and it always brings a good feeling to a nation.