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The Olympic Flame, Olympic Fire, Olympic Torch, Olympic Light, Olympic Eye, and Olympic Sun is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, when a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. The fire was reintroduced at the Olympics in 1928, and it has been part of the modern Olympic Games ever since. The modern torch relay was introduced by Carl Diem, president of the Organisation Committee for the Berlin Games of 1936, as part of an effort to turn the games into a glorification of the Third Reich [1]. But despite its Nazi origin, the torch ceremony is still practised as of 2006.

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When and where is the Olympic torch now and what is the significance of the flame?

at my house today


A list of Olympic torches for reference?

Summer OlympicsBeijing 2008 Olympic TorchAthens 2004 Olympic TorchSydney 2000 Olympic TorchAtlanta 1996 Olympic TorchBarcelona 1992 Olympic TorchSeoul 1988 Olympic TorchLos Angeles 1984 Olympic TorchMoscow 1980 Olympic TorchMontreal 1976 Olympic TorchMunich 1972 Olympic TorchMexico City 1968 Olympic TorchTokyo 1964 Olympic TorchRome 1960 Olympic TorchMelbourne 1956 Olympic TorchHelsinki 1952 Olympic TorchLondon 1948 Olympic TorchBerlin 1936 Olympic Torch


Where is the Olympic torch?

why is there an Olympic torch?#


Where was the first olympict torch first lit?

For the modern Olympic games, the first Olympic torch was lit in 1936 in Berlin, Germany. Those was the first Summer Olympic games in history.


Why do you have the Olympic torch?

we have the olympic torch to reprecent the countrey


Where does Olympic torch begin?

where does the Olympic torch begin its journey?


Why do you light the Olympic torch?

we light the olympic torch becouse


What is different about the final Olympic torch bearer?

The final Olympic torch bearer will use the torch to light the cauldron at the Olympic venue.


Where did the Olympic torch arrive today?

today the olympic torch is in uxbridge


Why do people use the Olympic torch?

people use the olympic torch to celebrate the olympic games


Why do you need an Olympic torch?

In reality, you don't. It's just a nice ceremony to remind us of the history of the Olympic Games.


How much does it cost to purchase an Olympic torch?

A regular person cannot purchase an Olympic torch. You can buy an Olympic torch replica on Amazon or Ebay. If you participate in the Olympics, you will be offered a chance to purchase an Olympic torch,


How was the olympic torch invented?

I just learned this myself from the history channel, but the tradition of the Olympic torch coming to the games comes from Hitler when he held the games in Germany. That is where the tradition started. He used the story of an eternal torch at Mt. Olympus to create the idea of the torch coming to the games.


How does the olympic torch travel from continent to continent?

The olympic torch traveled by boats.


Where in Greece is the Olympic torch lit?

in olympia, in greece that is where the olympic torch is lit


When was the Olympic torch relay revived?

The Olympic torch relay was invented in 1936.


What is the reason for th Olympic torch?

the reason for the Olympic torch is that represents the olympics


How many holes in Olympic torch?

It has 8,000 holes in the Olympic torch 2012


Does the Olympic torch stay lit?

yesHere is an interesting bit of history. The lighting of the torch for the Olympics was started by Hitler for his Olympics in 1936.


Why do they light the olympic torch?

The reason for the lighting of the Olympic Torch is to continue a Greek tradition. In ancient times, the torch was lit at the opening of every Olympic Games.


What is the significance of the torch relay?

The significance of having an Olympic torch relay is because of many reasons from the joy of seeing it pass down your local high street, to showing that the world is united with this flame. Firstly, as this flame has been kept going since the first olympic games in Olympia, it proves that our world is caring and all the continents are united as they are on the Olympic logo with the rings joined together. Secondly, people are constantly at this minute passing on the Olympic flame, which is in Carshalton (near where I live I saw the Olympic torch today :o) which represents one of the sports in the games


How did people start the olympic torch in ancient Greece?

There was no Olympic Torch ceremony until 1936, and no torch at the Ancient Olympics.


How much does a Olympic torch weigh?

The Olympic Torch is estimated to be around 5 pounds.


Who is carying the Vancouver Olympic torch?

Wayne Gretzky ran the Olympic torch for 2010


How many people carries the olympic torch?

8000 people carry the olympic torch.