How was the olympic torch invented?
I just learned this myself from the history channel, but the tradition of the Olympic torch coming to the games comes from Hitler when he held the games in Germany. That is where the tradition started. He used the story of an eternal torch at Mt. Olympus to create the idea of the torch coming to the games.
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There was no torch. The Olympic torch was made up in 1936. The Olympic torch was invented as a way of symbolically creating a connection between Olympia in Greece and an athletics meeting in some city like Berlin. The ancient Olympics didn't need a symbolic connection to Olympia because they were actually held at Olympia.