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.
What does Olympic torch symbolize?
“It makes you realise the meaning of the flame and that it is a symbol of the Olympic message of peace, friendship, tolerance and hope. When people see the flame, they begin to properly realise the Games are here, and it always brings a good feeling to a nation.
Do you get to keep the Olympic torch?
The torch will not be sold. Torchbearers will be able purchase a torch.
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.
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.
How do you get selected to carry the Olympic torch?
Any nationality and gender will be accepted. Applicants must be able to carry the torch safely of their own volition. However, the support of a guide runner will be permitted as needed. Those applying with the objective of communicating a political or religious message will not be accepted as a torchbearer.
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.