Today in history: Muhammad Ali carries the Olympic Torch, lights cauldron in Atlanta. ATLANTA — It is a moment that Atlanta will never forget: boxing legend Muhammad Ali standing in front of the world, holding the Olympic torch proudly in the air, signaling the beginning of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.
Where is the Olympic torch carried?
Until 2008, the flame usually travelled through several countries before arriving at its final destination. As from 2010, the Torch Relay has mainly taken place in Greece and the country of the host city, to where the flame is directly transported from Athens.
Who passed the torch to Muhammad Ali?
It is a moment that so many across the U.S. will never forget, especially Olympian Janet Evans. A California native, Evans won almost everything there was to win in swimming, including five Olympic medals. To her though, the highlight of her career was passing the Olympic torch to Ali on July 19, 1996.
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 stand for?
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.