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Q: Where is the first Olympic torch lit before the each game?
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What does the olympic torch look like?

It depends on the games, each Olympic games has a different design for the torch. this year it is a triangle. it has 8000 holes 2 represent the ppeople who r carrying it

Does the Olympic torch stay lit?

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.

Who is the 20th century leader introduced the custom of carrying a flaming torch from Athens to the site of each olympic games?

jad osta

AL Oerter in Olympic games?

Al Oerter competed in 4 Olympic Games (1956, 1960, 1964, 1968) and won gold in discus throw at each. He also carried the flag into the stadium, with several other famous U.S. Olympians, at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles and brought the Olympic Torch into the stadium at the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

Why do they carry the olympic flame from mt Olympus to each modern olympic game?

The flame is not carried from mt Olympus but from the ancient sanctuary of Olympia in southeastern Greece, in the regional district of Elia (Ηλιεία in Greek), in Peloponnese. The first Olympic games ever (named after the region) took place there in 776 BC. The flame used to burn non stop during the Games back at the time, and it symbolised the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus. The Olympic torch relay from Greece to various cities around the world, has no ancient precedent whatsoever and it was introduced for the first time in the Olympic games of Berlin in 1936 (the Nazi Olympics) by Carl Diem, who imagined a symbolic pageant that would give the Nazi Germany a bit of the old glory of ancient Greece, by the transit of a lit flame from Greece to Berlin by a relay of torch-bearing runners. Although the transfer of the Greek flame around the world gives a mystifying glory of the past to the modern Olympic Games, it is not understood why this Nazi extravaganza is still happening today.

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What is the name of the Olympic torch?

they have an olympic torch to represent each country in a different way each flicker of the flame is all the countries

What is carried from Greece to the site of each modern Olympic games?

The Olympic Torch

Where is the Olympic torch lit each games?

Olympia, Greece, home of the original Olympic games.

Where is the olympic torch lit before making its way to the host city for each games?

Greece. The source of the "mother" flame and the Olympics.

Where is the Olympic torch stored between each Olympics?

olympia, greece

How many holes does the olympic tourch have?

Each hole represents the 8000 torch carriers.

Does the Olympic torch burn continuously or is it lit prior to each Olympics?

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.

How many people carries the olympic torch?


What does the olympic torch look like?

It depends on the games, each Olympic games has a different design for the torch. this year it is a triangle. it has 8000 holes 2 represent the ppeople who r carrying it

How is the Olympic torch transportd to each Olympic games?

Lots of different people carry it from some some were and take it to the games

Is it true that the original Olympic flame has been kept lit and preserved somewhere and is brought to every Olympic competition?

Not exactly. The torch is lit before each celebration by the sun on Mount Olympus in Greece. This started in 1928, the relay started in 1936.

Is the Paralympic torch relay different for the Olympics?

Olympic torch-bearers, nominated by sponsors of the Olympic games, carry the Olympic flame from its source, in Athens, to the main stadium, using a series of gas-filled Olympic torches, much like a relay race. Each torch-bearer is given their own Olympic torch (which they keep) which is lit by the Olympic flame carried by the previous torch-bearer. To preserve the flame's continuity, the Olympic flame is carried in special safety-lamps while travelling by air or sea. Once at the main stadium, during the opening ceremony, the final torch-bearer lights the Olympic beacon which remains lit throughout the games. The Olympic flame is therefore the flame itself, while the Olympic torches are the receptacles that carried the flame from Athens to the main stadium.