The Olympic Flame

As one of the most iconic Olympic symbols, the Olympic Flame, was conceived as a symbol unifying the Ancient and Modern Games. In Ancient Greece, fire was considered to be a divine element and the Greeks maintained a perpetual fire in front of their temples. At the sanctuary of Olympia, where the Ancient Olympic Games took place, the flame was lit using the rays of the sun, to ensure its purity and burned permanently. Today, the flame symbolized the Olympic spirit. The Olympic Flame is carried by relay from Olympia, Greece all the way to its final destination.




The Olympic Torch

Lake Placid Olympic Museum Torch Wall








For each edition of the Olympic Games, a new model of the torch is designed to very high technical and aesthetic standards. In the early days of the Olympic Games, the torch models were similar, but over time their designs became diverse, showing the uniqueness of each host country. During the torch relay, the flame must never go out and the torch needs to stand up to difficult weather conditions to ensure that the flame burns reliably. Experiments are necessary to determine the best shape for the torch and the most suitable method to fuel the Olympic flame. Today, a gas cartridge in the body of the torch is the most popular solution chosen.