The Olympic Torch Relay

A modern invention inspired by practices from ancient Greece, the Olympic Torch Relay heralds the start of the Olympic Games and transmits a message of peace and friendship along its route.

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About the torches

First used at the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics, the modern torches of the Summer and Winter Olympics are built to resist the effects of wind and rain as they carry the Olympic flame, and bear unique designs that represent the host country and the spirit of the Games.

Paris 2024

Paris 2024
Torch Relay

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All About Torches

Beijing 2022 Olympic Torch Relay visits Summer Palace en route to Opening Ceremony 
Beijing 2022 Olympic torch carried on Great Wall of China
Olympic Torch in Kanagawa: The nature and city lights
Japanese sports stars on the Olympic Torch Relay route: Kanagawa and Chiba