It is extinguished at the closing ceremony of each Olympic Games. The torch is initially lit, by the Sun's rays that are concentrated by a mirror, at a ceremony in Olympia, Greece several months in advance of an Olympics. The relay then takes the torch to the site of the Olympics where the cauldron is lit with it.
it was lit in 1956 Melbourne Olympics
yesHere is an interesting bit of history. The lighting of the torch for the Olympics was started by Hitler for his Olympics in 1936.
Wayne Gretzy lit the torch at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
Mohammad Ali Lit the torch in Atlanta in 1996
the torch is lit 3-4 months before the date of the olympics. the relay then takes place and is taken to the new venue of the olympics.
Amsterdam, summer Olympics, 1928
Yes it is. At least the Americans kept the torch lit.
hittelers olimpics just befor ww2
Wayne Gretzky (the great)
The torch for the 23rd Olympiad (1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles) was lit by 1960 gold medalist in the decathlon Rafer Johnson.
No he isn't dead. Proof of that is that he lit the Winter Olympics torch this year (2010) and was attending the Winter Olympics.
it is lit from state to state to show the Olympics games will be held soon.
a Chinese man...
Ali lit the Olympic flame at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta.
It is an eternal flame in Olympia Greece where the Olympics began.
The olympic torch represents the theft of fire from Zeus by Prometheus the giant. It also might represent a relay run in the late Ancient Olympics in which a team of runners passed a torch between them and the last runner lit a huge torch. It is a tradition to light the flame at the beginning of all Modern Olympics.