The amazing story of the olympic flame facebook share twitter share it has been right around the world gone into space and scaled everest over the last 80 years the olympic torch has been carried by hundreds of thousands of people and travelled on every imaginable form of transport though mostly by foot here we recount the epic tale of the olympic torch relay. A torch bearer with the pyeongchang 2018 winter olympics torch during the pyeongchang 2018 winter olympic games torch relay on february 2nd 2018 in wonju republic of korea pyeongchang 2018 olympic torch relay. The olympic torch relay began in 1936 at the berlin games carl diem the secretary general of the organizing committee of the games of the xi olympiad in berlin proposed using a torch relay to bring the flame from olympia to the games in germany. The origin of the olympic torch lies in the sanctuary of olympia in ancient greece where the first olympic games were held fire to the ancient greeks was believed to be stolen from zeus and gifted to humankind by prometheus to commemorate the incident a sacred fire was lit which would burn
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