The Origin of the Olympic Flame

The Olympic flame originated during the ancient Olympic Games and represents a number of things, including purity and the endeavor for perfection. The flame first appeared in the modern Olympics at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. The modern Olympic Torch relay was conceived in 1936. The journey begins at the ancient site of Olympia, where women wearing ancient-style robes harness the sun using a curved mirror according to ancient tradition. The flame is then passed from runner to runner to the host city, where the flame is kept alight until the Games have concluded.