The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. The fire was reintroduced at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, and it has been part of the modern Olympic Games ever since. The torch relay of modern times which transports the flame from Greece to the various designated sites of the games had no ancient precedent and was introduced by Carl Diem at the controversial 1936 Berlin Olympics.
The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay began in Canada on October 30, 2009 and will conclude at the Opening Ceremony signaling the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games this Friday (February 12, 2010). The torch has been carried by bike, dragon boat, dog-sled to name a few. The Olympics are almost here but you still have a chance to enjoy this symbolic event. The torch will travel from Richmond to West Vancouver on February 10, from West Vancouver to Vancouver on the 11th and then on to BC Place on the 12th.
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