Who lit the Olympic torch this year?

Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron, giving Opening Ceremonies a stirring finale. After nearly four hours of celebration and spectacle at the Opening Ceremonies, sometimes strange and other times spectacular, everything ended with the Olympic torch in the hands of Naomi Osaka.

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.

Who carries the Olympic torch?

In the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay, torchbearers selected from 47 prefectures in Japan, who come from a variety of backgrounds and play different roles in society, will carry the torch, enjoying the invaluable experience in their own way.

Is the Olympic torch real fire?

Sacred fires were present at many ancient Greek sanctuaries, including those at Olympia. Every four years, when Zeus was honoured at the Olympic Games, additional fires were lit at his temple and that of his wife, Hera. The modern Olympic flame is ignited in front of the ruins of the temple of Hera.

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.

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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.

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