What purpose does the Torch Relay serve in Olympics?

For air transportation, the flame is sheltered in a security lamp, similar to a miner’s lamp. At night time, it is kept in a special cauldron. The Relay’s function is twofold: to herald the Olympic Games and to transmit a message of peace and friendship to the people along its route.

What does the Olympic torch relay symbolize?

The Olympic torch relay: “a symbol of peace, friendship, tolerance and hope” – Olympic News.

Why does the Olympics use torch in the competition?

A modern invention inspired by practices from ancient Greece, the Olympic Torch Relay heralds the start of the Olympic Games and transmits a message of peace and friendship along its route.

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 medal real gold?

Olympic gold medals have some gold in them, but they’re mostly made of silver. According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), gold and silver medals are required to be at least 92.5 percent silver.

What keeps the Olympic torch lit?

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. This is usually done months in advance of the Games, but the flame for the Tokyo Olympics actually was produced over a year ago.

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