Why are there so many Olympic torches?

Why are there so many Olympic torches?

First used at the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics, the modern torches of the Summer and Winter Olympics are built to resist the effects of wind and rain as they carry the Olympic flame, and bear unique designs that represent the host country and the spirit of the Games.

What happened to the Olympic torch in 2020?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the first lighting ceremony since 1984 to be held without spectators. The handover ceremony was held at Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on 19 March. The torch was to visit 31 cities and 15 landmarks across Greece, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was cancelled.

Does Olympic flame ever go out?

It is not uncommon for the Olympic flame to be accidentally or deliberately extinguished during the course of the torch relay (and on at least one occasion the cauldron itself has gone out during the Games).

Is there just one Olympic torch?

It turns out that while there is only one torch, there must be at least one other lantern. Generally this is in case of accidents – so that if the torch gets blown out, as sometimes happens, it can be relit using the original or mother flame.

Is there only one Olympic torch?

The lighting of the flame for the cauldron in the Olympic stadium became a highlight of the opening ceremony when first done in 1936, and this tradition has continued for subsequent Olympic Games. Each Olympic Games organizing Committee has designed a unique torch for the relay.

Is the Olympic flame still burning?

Sacred fires were present at many ancient Greek sanctuaries, including those at Olympia. Every four years, when Zeus was honoured at the Olympic Games, additional fires were lit at his temple and that of his wife, Hera. The modern Olympic flame is ignited every two years in front of the ruins of the temple of Hera.

Is Olympic flame ever put out?

In truth, it is relit a few months before each new Olympic Games. Many see the Olympic flame as a symbol of the life and competitive spirit of the Olympic Games. In that sense, one could say that the flame never goes out.

Why is the Olympic flame so small?

But famed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, the director behind the opening ceremony, told multiple Chinese media outlets the smaller flame had to defy Olympic traditions to reduce carbon emissions.