What is the significance of the Olympic torch?

The Olympic flame symbolizes the light of spirit, knowledge and life. By passing the flame from one person to another in stages, the Torch Relay expresses the handing down of this symbolic fire from generation to generation.

What does the Olympic flame Symbolise?

The Olympic Flame symbolises continuity between the ancient and modern games. On the opening day of the Games, the torch is taken into the stadium and the chosen torchbearer lights the cauldron. This ritual symbolizes the continuity between ancient times and the new generations.

How does the Olympic torch work?

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.

Who lit the Olympic flame in 1968?

She made history by becoming the first woman to light the Olympic Cauldron. She was the last torch-bearer of the 19th Summer Olympics in Mexico City on 12 October 1968.

Enriqueta Basilio.

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Personal best(s) 12.3 (100 m, 1968) 55.0 (400 m, 1968) 11.20 (80 m/h, 1968).
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