Though some may already look forward to The Summer Olympics of 2020, in Tokyo (Japan), or to Spanish Madrid or Istanbul in Turkey.
The Olympic Flame has been lighted already in Athens at the Temple of Hera in Olympia. After a short relay around Greece, the Flame was handed over to the new Host City London, at another ceremony in the Panathenaiko stadium in Athens. The Flame was then delivered to the Host Country on 18 May 2012 , where it is transferred from one Torchbearer to another, to travel over 1019 communities in the UK, the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey during the 70-day Torch Relay, spreading the message of peace, unity and friendship.
The tradition of lighting the torch comes from the ancient Greeks. During the Ancient Olympic Games, a sacred flame was lit from the sun’s 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 life.”
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!
It ends its journey as the last Torchbearer lights the Cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, marking the official start of the Games. The Flame then stays lit until it is put out at the Closing Ceremony, signifying the end of the Games.
At 9:15 am on Friday 1st June 2012 the Olympic flame passed the Christadelphian hall in Ormskirk as it made its 8,000 mile journey around the UK. Thousands of people lined the streets as Olympic fever swept the town. When it arrives in London it will open the XXX Olympiad where we will witness a global spectacle with viewers all over the world rooting for their national athletes, willing them on and longing to see them on the winners’ podium feeling proud and excited.
The identity of the final torchbearer is kept secret until the last moment. But for your Olympics, your game of life, you should know your torch-bearer and look forward to the highlight of the opening ceremony of your Olympics. While at the Olympic Games the final torchbearer often does a lap of the stadium before lighting the monumental cauldron with the Olympic flame, you should be running more than one lap in your life.
At the games there may be the symbolic release of doves evoking the climate of peace in which the Olympic Games should take place, but as a Christian you yourself should be the light. You should be one of the many flames in the Christian world which attracts many people, who want to see how you are able to win the race. As at the Roman times you have to win the race for life or be in the stadion with the lions. The flame remains lit for the duration of the Games and is only extinguished at the closing ceremony. But your flame should stay lighted and may not go out when the world-games come to an end.
You should not be part of the heathen games, but be part of the more life insurance games. Making sure that you shall be able to enter the small gate, to see in front of you a world of peace and tranquillity, were you and other believers shall be able to live for ever, in the Kingdom of God.
The apostle Paul wrote a letter to the believers in Corinth (in Greece) a city which was steeped in Olympic culture and had gymnasiums, arenas and stadiums.
As at the games many receive a prize, but they have to do something for it. We at our games also have to do some work.
Read more about it in: The Race for Life? Ormskirk Christadelphians
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In the context of the modern Games, the Olympic flame represents the … parabolic mirror used today for lighting the Olympic flame, causing an intense heat …
The divine origin of fire made it a sacred element and the Greeks maintained perpetual fires in front of their principal temples. The flame was obtained when the sun’s rays were captured at the centre of a recipient called a skaphia, the ancestor of the parabolic mirror used today for lighting the Olympic flame, causing an intense heat which allows a flame to be obtained.
- Red Arrows perform a fly-past at the end of day 40 of the Olympic Torch relay (itv.com)
The Red Arrows performing a fly-by over the stage at the Yarborough Sports Ground at the end of the Day 40 of the Olympic Flame Torch Relay
- Cyclist Sir Chris Hoy carries Olympic Torch (itv.com)
Thousands of people lined a street in Manchester to cheer on Sir Chris Hoy as he carried the Olympic torch into the city.
Britain’s most successful cyclist, 36, waved at his fans as a carnival atmosphere gripped the city centre street of Deansgate.
- Torch relay turns southwards (itv.com)
The Olympic Flame’s marathon seven-day tour of Scotland was hailed a resounding success as it made its way south of the border. Olympian Allan Wells, 60, carried the flame in the Borders town of Selkirk.
- Grylls to be zip wire torchbearer (bbc.co.uk)
The zip wire event saw Grylls slide down the 400m wire as fireworks went off around him, and the TV presenter and adventurer admitted he had been concerned about several aspects of the day.
“I was kind of worried about the torch going out but it stayed alight – it was amazing,” said Grylls, who in 1998 became the youngest Briton to conquer Mount Everest at just 23 years old.
- 2012 Olympic Torch Flame Goes Out During Greek Ceremony (cosbysweaters.com)
The 2012 Olympic torch relay and Olympic Games was recently lit during a ceremony in Olympia, Greece. However, the ceremony featured some heavy winds which extinguished the torch which was supposed to be lit for quite a while. The torch had to be relit before being handed to a torchbearer.
- VIDEO: Olympic flame goes out in ceremony (bbc.co.uk)
The flame was kindled by an actress, playing a “high priestess”, who caught the sun’s rays in a parabolic mirror at the Temple of Hera ruins, by the ancient Olympic Games stadium.
A total of 8,000 people will carry the flame during its 8,000 mile, 70-day journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London on 27 July.
- ‘Magic’ moment for Sir Bobby Charlton as he carries Olympic flame in Manchester (independent.co.uk)
- Barefoot Torchbearer keeps the Olympic Flame alive (cafod.org.uk)
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- Scottish News: Scots turn out in force again as Olympic Flame travels from Glasgow to Inverness (dailyrecord.co.uk)
Emeli Sande carries the Olympic Flame on theeg from Glencoe to North Ballachulish
Singer Emeli Sande carries the flame at Ballachulish
AN Olympian who competed in the last Games to be held in London today met the 2012 flame as it travelled through Scotland.
- Editor’s Choice: Olympic torch relay leaves Scotland after 430k people line the streets to watch entire journey (dailyrecord.co.uk)
THE Olympic Torch bade farewell to Scotland yesterday as it crossed the border into England on its way to lighting up the London 2012 Games.
But it will be back – for a brief visit to Dumfries on Thursday.
More than 50,000 spectators lined the streets of Edinburgh to see the Olympic Torch convoy.
- London 2012 – Olympic Flame Lit at Olympia (prweb.com)
The torch was attached to the side of Para-badminton star David Follett’s wheelchair in Great Torrington, Devon, when the flame went out shortly before 10am.
- Olympic Flame Lit in Greece (abcnews.go.com)
Olympic Flame for London Games Lit in Greece
By DEMETRIS NELLAS Associated Press
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece May 10, 2012 (AP)
The flame that will burn during the London Games was lit at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics on Thursday, heralding the start of a torch relay that will culminate with the opening ceremony on July 27.
- London 2012: Olympic torch flame to arrive in UK for relay – BBC News (bbc.co.uk)
As a nation we’re going to have an amazing couple of months.
- Olympic torch to set off on its 70-day journey – BBC News (bbc.co.uk)
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- Torch takes in South Devon coast (bbc.co.uk)
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- Comedian Leigh Francis carries Olympic Flame (itv.com)
- Georgia Gould primed for run at medal in Olympic mountain biking (denverpost.com)
She has chickens, honey bees and a vegetable garden. Gould, 32, is preparing for her second Olympiad. She placed eighth in mountain biking in Beijing in 2008 but is a strong candidate to medal this time.
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- The moment the Olympic Flame was re-lit (itv.com)
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Emily Batty had mountain bike way paved by role models
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