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London Olympics Torch 2012

The Olympic Torch Relay shone a light on the whole of the UK – from dynamic urban areas to places of outstanding natural beauty.

Torchbearers carried the Flame through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages in the UK.

The Olympic Torch Relay

Lit in Greece, the Olympic Flame arrived in the UK on 18 May 2012 before setting out the next day on a 70 – day Olympic Torch Relay, bringing the excitement of the Games to everyone.

The Olympic Flame stands for peace, unity and friendship. It was carried by 8,000 truly inspirational Torchbearers.

Where did the London Olympic Flame go?

The Olympic Flame travelled to within an hour of 95 percent of people in the UK, the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey during the 70 – day Torch Relay. It enabled local communities to shine a light on the best their area has to offer.

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The towns and cities hosting evening celebrations, the island visits, and all of the communities on route are displayed on the Olympic Torch Relay map.

Carrying the London Olympic Flame

Together with our Presenting Partners Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, London 2012 found 8,000 truly inspirational people from across the UK to carry the Olympic Flame – a truly once – in – a – lifetime experience.

London Olympics Lighting the Flame

A very precise ritual for the lighting of the Flame is followed at every Games. It is lit from the sun’s rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, in a traditional ceremony among the ruins of the home of the Ancient Games.

After a short relay around Greece, the Flame is handed over to the new Host City at another ceremony in the Panathenaiko stadium in Athens.

The Flame is then delivered to the Host Country, where it is transferred from one Torchbearer to another, spreading the message of peace, unity and friendship.

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.

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London Olympics 2012 Torch Design

The Torch was designed by east Londoners Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, who won the opportunity through a competitive tender run by the London 2012 Organising Committee and the Design Council.

Basildon – based product engineers Tecosim, Birmingham – based LPG Gas specialists and manufacturers, Bullfinch and Coventry manufacturers Premier Sheet Metal have taken the design and moved it into mass production.

In April 2012 the Torch was recognised as the Design of the Year at an awards ceremony hosted by the Design Museum.

Olympics London Torch Design : an inspirational 8,000.

London Olympics Torch is made up of an inner and an outer aluminium alloy skin, held in place by a cast top piece and base, perforated by 8,000 circles.

Representing the inspirational stories of the 8,000 Torchbearers who will carry the Olympic Flame, the circles which run the length of the body of the Torch also offer a unique level of transparency. You can see right to the heart of the Torch and view the burner system which will keep the Olympic Flame alive on its journey around the UK.

The circles also help ensure heat is quickly dissipated, without being conducted down the handle, and providing extra grip.

London Olympics Torch stands 800mm high. General Studies Question Bank CD

London Olympics Torch is being tested in BMW’s climatic testing facility in Munich to make sure it can withstand all weather conditions. BMW is a Supporting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

London Olympics Torch Shape : The power of ‘3’

The triangular – shaped Torch was inspired by a series of ‘threes’ that are found in the history of the Olympic Games and the vision for the Olympic Movement :

London Olympics Torch Weight : As Light as Possible

  • The three Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship;
  • The three words that make the Olympic motto – faster, higher, stronger;
  • The fact that the UK has hosted the Olympic Games in 1908, 1948 and will host them for the third time in 2012; and
  • The vision for the London 2012 Olympic Games to combine three bodies of work – sport, education and culture.

More than half of the London 2012 Torchbearers are expected to be young people aged as young as 12, so the designers aimed to make the Torch as light as possible.

It is made from an special aluminium alloy developed for the aerospace and automotive industry. The alloy is lightweight but strong, with excellent heat resistance. The 8,000 circles also reduce the weight of the final design, whilst ensuring strength isn’t compromised.

London Olympics Torch weighs 800 grams.

London Olympics Torch Colour : Gold

The gold colour embraces the qualities of the Olympic Flame – the brightness and the warmth of the light that it shines.

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London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic Flame, Torch and Relay draw on a history going back to the ancient Olympic Games in Greece. General Studies Question Bank CD

The ancient Games

London Olympics Torch and Relay were important elements of the cultural festivals surrounding the Olympic Games of Ancient Greece.

During the Games, a sacred flame burned continually on the altar of the goddess, Hera. In addition, heralds were summoned to travel throughout Greece to announce the Games, declaring a sacred truce for the duration.

Spreading the light from Greece : The Modern Games

A very precise ritual for the lighting of the Flame is followed at every Games. It is lit from the sun’s rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, in a traditional ceremony among the ruins of the home of the ancient Games.

After a short relay around Greece, the Flame is handed over to the new Host City at another ceremony in the Panathenaiko stadium in Athens.

London Olympics Flame is then delivered to the Host Country, where it is transferred from one Torchbearer to another, spreading the message of peace, unity and friendship. It ends its journey as the last Torchbearer lights the cauldron at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, marking the official start of the Games.

London Olympics Flame is extinguished on the final day of the Games, at the Closing Ceremony.

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