How Did The Olympic Flame Start?

Slide 1 of 33: The Tokyo Summer Olympic Games, postponed from 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, are almost here. As is tradition, the Olympic flame was ignited in the run-up to the occasion. But what exactly is the Olympic flame, and why is it so symbolic of the Olympic movement?Click through and be enlightened as to why fire plays such an important role in the Olympic Games.
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Sports was a great thing to do as a kid because I think it helped me get that drive for life. It’s no secret that I can’t entirely agree with strict diets for young kids, but that’s a topic for another day. When I was in the thick of it, Paralympics felt so close yet so far because no matter how much I gave of myself, it was never enough causing me to quit.

Anyway, sorry for my rambling, today I want to talk about the Olympic flame and its history. The first Olympics go back to 776 BCE, and the town of Olympia in Greece. In the beginning, they took place every four years in honour of Zeus. (The Greek god of sky and thunder.) There were discussions among the ancient Greeks about the mythical status of the games.

What was the meaning of fire for the ancient Greeks? Fire was implicated to be divine. Nevertheless, it is said that when Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gifted it to humanity, and sacred fires were kept burning at many ancient Greek sanctuaries. How did this flame start? During the Games, sacred fires illuminated the temple of Zeus and his wife, Hera. Although this temple was destroyed in an earthquake in the 4th century, today, the flame is still ignited near the ruined altar.

As you know I like to keep my post short and sweet since I know most people are too busy to read a longer post. For some reason talking about the history of the flame made me miss it all and rethink some stuff.  In all honest, the thought of going to the gym terrific me.



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