At the spectacular opening ceremony of the torch relay at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, one of the most impressive and beautiful Olympic cauldrons in the history of the Olympic Games was revealed. The Olympic torch relay to Vancouver was the longest of its kind by then and encompassed about 45,000 km.
The way of the torch started after it is lit, like the tradition from the ancient Greek city of Olympia. It made its way to Vancouver through 12,000 different Candian who carried it, one after the other. At the end of the trip, which took 106 days and even went through the North pole in Northern Canada, the torch arrived and lit the Cauldron. The lighting of the torch ceremony is the height of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
This is how this statue became the official cauldron of the winter Olympic Games in the city.
There are contradictions on whether the tradition of lighting the Olympic torch was born in ancient Greece, in the Olympic Games of those days. Many researchers claim that the torch was not part of the games, and only something from religious ceremonies for Zeus that took place at the same time as the games, and actually all the games were dedicated to.
The torch stayed lit back then in the temple of Zeus, for the entirety of the Olympic Games. Back in those days the flame was the central symbol in many cultures, as well as Greek culture, and was a reminder of Prometheus who stole fire from the god Zeus according to Greek mythology, and gave it to humanity.
It is interesting to know that despite its importance in the ancient Olympics, the lighting of the Olympic torch was forgotten after the Olympic games in ancient Greece were interrupted by the Roman emperor. Even after the start of the modern Olympics, the Olympic torch did not get anywhere.
Only in 1928, at the Amsterdam Olympics, 1535 years after the Olympics were stopped, was the Olympic flame tradition returned. In the Berlin Nazi Olympics in 1936, the tradition of carrying the flame to the cauldron in the opening ceremony started. Since then, even though the tradition began in a Nazi ceremony to heighten the Third Reich, the tradition carries on. The flame is lit in Greece, in the ancient city of Olympia, where the ancient Olympics once took place. From there, the flame is carried by many people, with everyone carrying the flame in their turn, until the flame is brought to the opening ceremony of the Olympics and lights the Olympics cauldron .