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Olympic Torch

Post by zelph » Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:41 pm

I wonder what kind of stove it would make!!!!!!!!



Visiting 135 cities in 21 countries, covering 137,000 kms in 130 days. How does the Olympic flame remain burning, even on a plane?

When the Olympic torch is paraded through London on Sunday, all eyes will be on stars like Dame Kelly Holmes and cricketer Kevin Pietersen.

According to the strict traditions of the Olympic movement, and to mark the ancient rituals of the Games, the flame must be kept alive until the closing ceremony of the Games in Beijing in August.

That's all very well when the cameras are rolling and the torch is in the safe hands of a double gold medallist or a world-class cricketer.

But what about the more mundane parts of the journey?

A team of about 10 "flame attendants" is responsible for the 24-hour, safe passage of the flame, which has been ignited by the sun's rays on the ancient site of Olympia in Greece.

The torch, which is fuelled by propane, is used to carry the flame during each day's relays, when runners in the relay city carry it, mostly on foot.

But there are several lanterns which are lit from the same source and they keep the flame alive at night or on aircraft when the torch is extinguished.

For air travel, where open flames are not allowed, the flame burns in the enclosed lanterns, which act like miner's lamps.

The torch, the lanterns and the team of attendants, plus other security, fly in a specially-chartered Air China plane bearing an Olympic flame design.

'Always burning'

The lanterns spend each night in a single hotel room with three guards - one of which must be awake at any time.

"Security people try their best to keep the flame safe," says a spokeswoman for the Beijing Organising Committee.

"The flame is always burning, whether on the plane or during the relay or overnight. It's kept in the hotel where the core operation team is staying."

The convoy accompanying the torch while it makes its way through city streets has more than 20 vehicles provided by the relay city and they escort the torch in a set order (a section of which is pictured above).

Most of this journey is on foot, but other modes of transport over the years have included dog sled, horse, canoe and camel.

In London, it will be carried on two boats, a bike, a bus and the Docklands Light Railway.

For a trip across the Great Barrier Reef before the 2000 Olympic Games, a special torch was designed to burn underwater.

The flame made its first trip in a plane in 1952 and has also travelled on Concorde. The torch, but not the flame, has twice been into space.

The torch itself has been produced to withstand winds of up to 65 kilometres per hour and to stay alight in rain up to 50mm an hour. But should it go out, it is lit from one of the lanterns.

This was needed in 2004 when the flame went out in the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens at the start of the torch relay.

It also went out in 1976 after the Montreal Olympics had started and an official mistakenly relit it using a cigarette lighter. That was doused and it was relit again using the special lantern flame.

Keeping the flame alive is a tradition that began in Olympia in Greece, where the Ancient Olympic Games took place. Fire had divine associations because it was believed Prometheus had stolen it from the Gods.

A flame burned throughout the Games on the altar of the goddess Hestia, situated in the Prytaneum, the building used for the post-Games banquets.

This fire was lit by the sun's rays and it was used to light other fires of the sanctuary, such as the altars of Zeus - the Games were held in his honour - and Hera.

To honour this, the present Olympic torch relay begins at the Temple of Hera several months before the Games, where it is lit by a woman in ceremonial robes using a mirror and the sun.

This gives the flame a purity that is maintained until it enters the Olympics stadium for the opening ceremony.

The final torchbearer, whose identity is kept secret until the last moment, lights the monumental Olympic cauldron in the stadium, which is kept alight until the closing ceremony.

The Olympic flame was reintroduced to the modern Olympics in Amsterdam in 1928 and the first torch relay was held eight years later in Berlin.

This became a global event for the Athens Games in 2004, which meant that honouring the tradition of keeping the flame going became more difficult.

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Re: Olympic Torch

Post by Pure Mahem » Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:34 am

Did you see on the news where protester tried to extinguish the torch? I see there point about Tibet and the other stuff but I don't think I would go as far as to try and extinguish the Torch. :mrgreen:
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Re: Olympic Torch

Post by Ridgerunner » Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:12 am

Zelph, thanks for the detailed history lesson, very interesting. I seen where they were going to avoid part of a planned route in France? because of protesters. :o
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Re: Olympic Torch

Post by Allen » Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:45 am

Because of Media Consolidation, only a very few corporations own all of the World's Media.
Protesters have to go to extreems to get any Media attention. I expect their actions to become more extreem.

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Re: Olympic Torch

Post by Pure Mahem » Wed Apr 09, 2008 4:02 pm

True! :mrgreen:
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Re: Olympic Torch

Post by Tony » Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:15 pm

I agree with Allen,

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Re: Olympic Torch

Post by zelph » Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:26 pm

They're just a bunch of stovies wanting to know what's inside the tube that prevents the flame from going out, how much it weighs, what kind of fuel and how long will it take to boil 2 cups of water. :mrgreen:
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Re: Olympic Torch

Post by DaddyMnM » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:43 pm

Zelp, thanks for the info. Very interesting. I goggled torch construction and found this link:

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/ ... torch5.htm

Hope you all enjoy it.

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Re: Olympic Torch

Post by zelph » Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:01 pm

DaddyMnM wrote:Zelp, thanks for the info. Very interesting. I goggled torch construction and found this link:

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/ ... torch5.htm

Hope you all enjoy it.
Excellent Excellent, it doesn't get any better than that.

Thank You for the detailed description and for searching it out further. :D
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