Burning torch?

Jill of Spring Lake Township asked, "Does the Olympic torch go out after every Olympic Games, or does it stay lit until the next one and so on?
Mark Brooky
Feb 12, 2014

ANSWER:

The torch is extinguished at the closing ceremony of each Olympic Games. That's coming up in Sochi on Feb. 23.

The torch is initially lit by the sun's rays that are concentrated by a mirror at a ceremony in Olympia, Greece, several months in advance of the upcoming Olympic Games. The relay then takes the torch to the site of the Olympics, where the cauldron is lit with it.

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Tri-cities realist

It is also carried aboard airplanes while lit, and even underwater in 2000, so special torches are designed for such circumstances.

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