You asked: Does the Olympic torch always start in Greece?

The flame has not always been a part of the Olympic Games, though. It was first used in modern times at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam. … It began in 1936 before the Summer Olympics in Berlin. Today, the torch relay starts in Greece.

When did the Olympic torch relay start?

The Torch Relay for the 1948 Games began in Olympia on July 17, 1948, taking 12 days to journey through Greece, Italy, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and England.

How is the Olympic flame lit in Greece?

A burning flame has been part of the modern Olympics since 1928, but the tradition goes all the way back to the ancient Games in Greece. … 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.

What do the Olympic rings Symbolise?

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.

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.

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Has anyone 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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