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Your browser is out of date. This site may not function properly in your current browser. The Head Priestess passes the flame to the first torchbearer and the Torch Relay begins. Inthe site began to be used for the winter games as well. This special event is open to the public and you can come and see it happen for yourself.

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The cauldron was a large white sculpture with a large sphere on the top, acting ligjt the cauldron. It was lit by Li Ningwho was raised to the rim of the stadium by wires. However, only three out of four poles came out of the ground due to mechanical problems, resulting in inadvertently excluding Le May Doan from lighting it with the other three athletes. For the Summer Olympics in Athens, the cauldron was in the shape of a giant olive leaf which bowed lught to accept the flame from windsurfer Nikolaos Kaklamanakis.

In Atlanta inthe cauldron was an artistic scroll decorated in red and gold. In Los Angeles inRafer Johnson lit a wick of sorts[ clarification needed ] at the top of the archway after having climbed a big flight of steps. He ran around the rim of the stadium while suspended and as he ran, an unrolling scroll was projected showing film clips of the flame's journey around the thd from Greece to Beijing.

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The cauldron's de was inspired by Joseon white porcelain. These also tie in with how the cauldron is lit during the Opening Ceremony. Please check official websites for more information. She then lit a wick of sorts, which f,ame a large metal flaming pillar. Instead, monitors had been placed throughout the Olympic Park showing the public live footage of the flame.

It was relit by Austin Playfoot, a torchbearer from the Olympics. This cauldron was the first to use glass and incorporated running water to prevent the glass from heating and to keep it clean.

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Note that Finland is the only country highlighted, as the host of the games. Lihht planned spectacular climax to the ceremony was delayed by the technical glitch of a computer switch which malfunctioned, causing the sequence to shut down by giving a false reading. The Olympic Flame is the most powerful symbol of the Olympic movement. The Head Priestess passes the flame to the first torchbearer and the Torch Relay begins.

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To compensate for the smaller cauldron, it is accompanied by a larger kinetic sculpture deed by Anthony Howe. A recent sample was the 50th ligjt of the Helsinki Olympic Games commemorative coinminted in As part of these Games' appeal towards environmental flakeorganizers deliberately chose to use a basic de with a smaller flame than past cauldrons. The Olympic Flame is almost always born within a few seconds, after the torch is placed in the centre of a concave mirror.

Here, thw calls Apollo, the God of Light, to send the sun's rays for the torch lignt be lit. As he approached the cauldron, he lit an enormous wick, which then transferred the flame to the cauldron. After being skated around the centre ice rink there in the stadium, the flame was carried up a staircase to the team members, who then lit a wick of sorts at the bottom of the cauldron tower which set off a line of flames that travelled up inside the tower until it reached the cauldron at the top which ignited.

The flame flared up a pipe, through the Olympic Rings and on up the side of the tower to ignite the cauldron.

Cauldrons can also take on monolithic forms, an example of which being the "cauldron tower" used for the Winter Olympics The cauldron features a kinetic sculpture with a small flame. This site may not function properly in your current browser.

In the closing ceremonies, Le May Doan took part in a joke about the mechanical glitchand she was able to light the fully raised fourth pole and have the indoor cauldron relit. It was lit by Muhammad Aliusing a mechanical, self-propelling fuse ball that transported the flame up a wire from the stadium to its cauldron.

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This meant that the Olympic flame was suspended in mid-air for about four minutes, rather than immediately rising up a water-covered ramp to the top of the stadium. Officials and representatives of the Hellenic Republic, of the Olympic Movement and the local authorities attend the ceremony in the Stadium of Olympia. After the torch's lap around the stadium, Fla,e Rodnina and Vladislav Tretiak carried the torch outside the stadium to light a larger version of the "celebration cauldron" used in the main torch relay at the center of the Olympic Park.

The pillar rose to the top of the cauldron, lighting it. Inthe site began to be used for the winter games as well. In modern tradition, the Head Priestess passes the flame to the first torchbearer and then begins the Torch Relay that finishes at the Olympic Stadium of the hosting city a few months later. When it was discovered what the problem was, the program was overridden and the cauldron continued up the ramp, where it finally rested on a tall silver pedestal.

For the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Cathy Freeman walked across a circular pool of water and ignited the cauldron through the water, surrounding herself within a ring of fire. The flame then spiralled up the structure of the cauldron before lighting it at the top.

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In the obverse, the Olympic flame above the Earth can be seen. Traditional Olympic cauldrons often employ a simple bowl-on-pedestal de, such as the cauldron used for the Summer Olympics Olympic cauldron at Moscow Olympic cauldron at Seoulduring the tge ceremony Olympic cauldron at Barcelona Olympic cauldron at Atlanta Olympic cauldron at Athens during the opening ceremony Olympic cauldron at Turin Olympic cauldron at Beijing during the opening ceremony Olympic cauldron during the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games More artistic and abstract des for cauldrons, including the Summer Olympics cauldron, have also been used.

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The Olympics public cauldron, in a plaza at downtown Rio de Janeiro Olympic Cauldron at PyeongChang Coinage[ edit ] The Olympic flame has been used as a symbol and main motif numerous times in different commemorative coins. The cauldron and the pedestal are always the subject of unique and often dramatic de. Not only does it represent the virtues of the modern sporting competition, it also holds a link with antiquity.

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