The Olympic torch is one of the symbols of the Olympiad.
Everyone knows that the Olympic flame is lit in the city where the Games are held during their opening, and it burns continuously until their end. The tradition of the lighting of the Olympic flame existed also during the time of the ancient Olympic Games! At that time the Olympic flame served as a reminder of Prometheus's feat, who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to his people.
- Photo: the passing of the Olympic flame among participants of the torch relay in Canada. Source: bradenarmstrong.com
Olympic torch relay was thought of in ...The third reich.
Interestingly, the modern Olympic Movement originally did not use this bright symbol. The tradition of lighting the torch was revived only in 1928 and has been preserved up until now. During the Olympic Games of 1936, which took place in Berlin, the Olympic Torch Relay was conducted for the first time. Notably, the main ideologist of the Third Reich, Joseph Goebbels, proposed it. That year more than 3,000 runners participated in the delivery of the torch from Olympia to Berlin.
- Photo: lighting of the Olympic flame in Greek Olympia Source: intelligent.lv
Torch on reserve.
Not many people know that from the Olympic flame, special lamps are lit, designed to preserve the flame in case the main torch (or even the flame at the Games themselves) is extinguished for one reason or another.
This caution is for a reason — in 1976 during the Summer Olympic Games in Montreal, the Olympic flame was extinguished due to a long downpour.
- Photo: Antonio Rebollo lights the Olympic flame with an arrow in Barcelona. Source: ggpht.com
Variations on the flame theme.
The ceremony for the Olympic Torch Relay has undergone changes many times: in 1952 the organizers of the Winter Games in Oslo decided to move away from the traditional idea of lighting the Olympic flame. The source of the flame was a hearth in the museum house of the pioneer of Norwegian skiing, Sondre Norheim. The entire relay route was covered on skis. That same year the flame of the Games in Helsinki flew on an airplane for part of the route (from Greece to Switzerland). In addition, in Finland it was combined with a flame lit from the polar Sun that was not setting...
In a word, the Olympic torch has survived a lot in its sports life — during the Sydney Olympics of 2000, the torch, as a symbol of unity of the natural elements, did not go out as it stayed under water for 3 minutes, and in 1952 it flew on an airplane for the first time. On the eve of the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992, the flame was delivered from Greece to the stadium in the capital of Catalonia, and it was then lit by a flaming arrow shot from the bow of Paralympic athlete Antonio Rebollo.