Has the Olympic torch been dropped?
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.
Who invented the Olympic torch run?
Carl Diem used the idea of the torch relay devised for the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin by a Jewish archaeologist and sports official, Alfred Schiff . The Berlin Olympic Games were organized by the Nazi Party under the guidance of Joseph Goebbels.
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)|
How many Olympic torches are made?
Summer Olympic torch designs
|2012||London, United Kingdom||8,750|
|2016||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||12,000|