Japan’s tennis player Naomi Osaka carries the Olympic torch in the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in Tokyo, on July 23, 2021. Osaka was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father. Her family moved when Osaka was 3 to New York, eventually settling in Florida.
Is there an Olympic torch 2021?
The torch was put on display at several areas affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami until the relay was officially restarted in Fukushima on March 25, 2021. Powering an Olympic flame with hydrogen is a clever, earth-conscious idea to be sure, and will reach a small number of people.
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.
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.
How was the first Olympic torch lit?
For the first time, a man and a woman ran the flame into the Olympic Stadium together, and lit the cauldron (they later married). Over 1,200 torchbearers were used to transport the flame from Olympia to Montreal. Olive oil was used as fuel for the torches, honoring the origin of the Olympic fire.
What fuel is used in the Olympic torch?
Unlike propane, hydrogen does not produce carbon dioxide when combusted. The Tokyo cauldron is fueled by hydrogen produced by a factory in the Fukushima prefecture that runs on renewable energy. Propane and hydrogen were both used during the torch relay.