Frequent question: Is the Olympic flame lit?

Does the Olympic flame stay lit?

After being lit, the flame in the Olympic cauldron continues to burn throughout the Games, until the closing ceremony, when it is finally put out, symbolizing the official end of the Games.

When was the 2021 Olympic flame lit?

The Olympic flame arrived at Beijing Capitol Airport at around 7 a.m. local time on 20 October in a safety lantern, inspired by an ancient Chinese lamp called “Changxin”, signifying light and hope.

Has anyone ever dropped the Olympic torch?

The Olympic cauldron itself has been extinguished by accident once, when a rainstorm hit the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was initially re-lit using a cigarette lighter, before being extinguished again and re-lit using a backup flame.

How do you keep the Olympic flame lit?

A parabolic mirror and the sun’s heat are used to light the awaiting torch (and if the day of the lighting isn’t particularly sunny, officials will pull out a backup flame, lit using the same method a day or two earlier).

Where is the 2022 Winter Olympics?

The 2022 Winter Olympics will be held in China across three zones: Beijing, Yanqing, and Zhangjiakou. The ice sports will be held in central Beijing, China’s capital, as well as four snow events (snowboard big air and freestyle skiing big air, men’s and women’s).

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Who lit torch?

People who have lit the Olympic cauldron

Games Location Lighter
2016 Summer Rio de Janeiro Jorge Gomes (public cauldron)
2018 Winter Pyeongchang Yuna Kim
2020 Summer Tokyo Naomi Osaka (stadium cauldron)
Ayaka Takahashi (public cauldron)