Question: How is the Olympic torch passed?

How does the Olympic flame travel on a plane?

The flame is placed into a specially designed container for flights. This looks a bit like a miner’s lamp. Several of these lamps are placed on the aircraft, then, if one has an issue, it can be extinguished without the flame being lost.

How does the Olympic torch get passed?

At the ceremony, a parabolic mirror and the sun’s rays are used to ignite the Olympic flame. The flame is then passed on to the first torchbearer of the Olympic torch relay. This is usually done months in advance of the Games, but the flame for the Tokyo Olympics actually was produced over a year ago.

Who carries the torch in the Olympics?

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)

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.

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Is the Olympic medal real gold?

Olympic gold medals have some gold in them, but they’re mostly made of silver. According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), gold and silver medals are required to be at least 92.5 percent silver. The gold in gold medals is in the plating in the outside and must consist of at least 6 grams of pure gold.

How was the first Olympic torch lit?

For the first time, a man and a woman ran the flame into the Olympic Stadium together, and lit the cauldron (they later married). Over 1,200 torchbearers were used to transport the flame from Olympia to Montreal. Olive oil was used as fuel for the torches, honoring the origin of the Olympic fire.

How far does the Olympic torch travel?

2020 Summer Olympics torch relay

Host city Tokyo, Japan
Distance 20,000 kilometres (12,000 mi)
Theme Hope Lights Our Way
Start date 12 March 2020 (Greece) 25 March 2021 (Japan relay)
End date 25 March 2020 (Japan) 23 July 2021 (Japan relay)

Does the Olympic torch travel the world?

The Olympic torch relay is an even more modern event. It began in 1936 before the Summer Olympics in Berlin. Today, the torch relay starts in Greece. From there, it carries the Olympic flame around the world.

How many Olympic torches are made?

Summer Olympic torch designs

Games Host Numbers produced
2008 Beijing, China 26,440
2012 London, United Kingdom 8,750
2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 12,000
2020 Tokyo, Japan TBA