The Olympic Flame
The tradition of lighting an Olympic Flame comes from the ancient Greeks.
During the Ancient Olympic Games, a sacred flame was lit from the sunís rays
at Olympia, and stayed lit until the Games were completed. This flame
represented the "endeavor for protection and struggle for victory." It
was first introduced into our Modern Olympics at the 1928 Amsterdam Games. Since
then, the flame has come to symbolize "the light of spirit, knowledge, and
The Torch Relay also began in the Ancient Olympics and was revived at the
1936 Berlin Games. Originally, the torch was lit at Olympia in Greece and then
carried by relay to the host-city of the games. The last runner carries the
torch into the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony. The flame is then
lit from the torch and will remain lit until it is extinguished during the
Closing Ceremony. The Torch Relay symbolizes the passing of Olympic traditions
from one generation to the next!