The Olympic cauldron was lit by a torch, but the torch’s flame isn’t simply produced by a lighter prior to the event. The Olympic flame travels on a months-long journey where it’s carried by thousands, during what’s called the Olympic torch relay, before reaching the Opening Ceremony.
How is the Olympic flame kept 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.
Does the Olympic flame stay 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.
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.
Who is the most famous athlete in Japan?
According to a survey conducted in September 2020, baseball player Shohei Ohtani ranked first in a survey on the most popular athletes in Japan, with around 18.6 percent of respondents voting for him. Shohei Ohtani also placed first in the previous year.
Who carries the Olympic torch?
In the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay, torchbearers selected from 47 prefectures in Japan, who come from a variety of backgrounds and play different roles in society, will carry the torch, enjoying the invaluable experience in their own way.