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 has carried the Olympic torch?

People who have lit the Olympic cauldron

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2016 Summer Rio de Janeiro Jorge Gomes (public cauldron)
2018 Winter Pyeongchang Yuna Kim
2020 Summer Tokyo Naomi Osaka (stadium cauldron)
Ayaka Takahashi (public cauldron)

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 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.

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.

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How much does the Olympic torch weigh?

Torch Specifications

Length 710mm
Total weight 1.2kg (the torch weighs 1kg, while the combustion component weighs 0.2kg).
Colours Sakura and gold

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 long is the Olympic torch run?

The torch relay is subject to change due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Summer Olympics torch relay.

Host city Tokyo, Japan
Distance 20,000 kilometres (12,000 mi)
Theme Hope Lights Our Way
Start date 12 March 2020 (Greece) 25 March 2021 (Japan relay)
End date 25 March 2020 (Japan) 23 July 2021 (Japan relay)
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