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The olympic torch represents the theft of fire from Zeus by Prometheus the giant. It also might represent a relay run in the late Ancient Olympics in which a team of runners passed a torch between them and the last runner lit a huge torch. It is a tradition to light the flame at the beginning of all Modern Olympics.

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Why do the Olympics have a flame?


Was there an Olympic torch at the first Olympics?

No, not until the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. There was an Olympic Flame at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, but it wasn't lit using a flame brought from Greece or anywhere.

How do they choose who lights the Olympic flame?

they choose the flag bearer from the country the Olympics thre Olympics is held at and that person lights the olympic flame

Which city was the first to light the Olympics Flame?

athens! *its actually spelt olympics;)

Where is the Olympic flame lit for the winter Olympics and the summer Olympics?

The flame is lit wherever the games are. Right now in Vancouver, in two years it will be in London.

Which city first held the Olympics flame?

Olympia, Greece. First Summer Olympics

Why is the Olympic flame lit?

The Olympic flame signifies the value of Peace and Brotherhood which is the basis of the Olympics.

Where does the flame begin the journey for all Olympics games?

The Olympic Flame comes from Olympia, Greece.

Why were two cauldrons lit with the Olympic Flame at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics?

Two cauldrons were lit with the Olympic Flame at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics because the Olympics had also been held there in 1964.

Why did the ancient Olympics have a flame?

they probably had it to worship their gods

Which city was first to light the Olympics flame?


How do the opening cerimonies start at the Olympics?

With the lighting of the flame

Which country light the Olympics flame?

Greece, in Olympia.

What are the children carrying with flag carriers at the Olympics?


Who got to carry the flame in the ancient Olympics?


First city to light the Olympics flame?

Athens in Greece was the first country to llight the olympic flame!

What place does the Olympic Torch Flame is always lit?

It is an eternal flame in Olympia Greece where the Olympics began.

What is the hottest part of the Olympics?

The hottest part of the Olympics is when I step into the stadium. ... lol... The hottest part is the FLAME.

Where is the Olympic flame lit for every Olympics?

At the Temple of Hera at the site of the ancient Olympics in Olympia, Greece.

Which city hosted the first Olympics with an Olympic flame?


Has the Olympic flame ever burnt out?

No, and the olympic flame burns for the duration of each Olympics and is extinguished during the closing ceremony.

Has the Olympic flame ever gone out?

No,and the olympic flame burns for the duration of each Olympics and is extinguished during the closing ceremony.

Why were two Olympic Flames burning instead of one during the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid?

Not certain on the exact answer, but back in the 1952 Oslo Olympics a flame was lit in the town of Morgedal, Norway (the Nordic flame). It was this flame that lit the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony. This event also occurred prior to the 1980 Olympics (Lake Placid) and also before the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer). However at the 1994 Olympics the Nordic flame was combined with the Olympic flame and lit the Olympic cauldron. So at the 1980 Winter Olympics they may have used these two flames to light separate cauldrons persumably as a symbolic act of rememberance to the Nordic games which pre-dated the Winter Olympics. The Winter Olympic flame in 1952 (Italy) was lit from the eternal flame in Rome. Since 1994 only the Olympic flame has been used in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics mainly due to the fact that the Olympic relays have gone straight from Greece to the host country.

Why was a flame used during the Ancient Olympics?

Because of king zeues

Olympic flame was first lit at?

1928 olympics.......regards preyan..