While London is ready to celebrate the Olympic Games starting in just 44 days, the Olympic Torch Relay comes to the city Edinburgh which is also ready to offer a warm welcome to this ancient symbol. Many torchbearers will carry the flame following a route that will finish at the castle hill on Wednesday, the 13th. The Mound, as shown in the picture, looks great in this Olympic style.
Here you are all the information you need to enjoy this special event plus some curious facts about the Olympics symbols.
The Olympic Rings *
The symbol of the Olympic Games is composed of five interlocking rings, coloured blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white field. This was originally designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games. Upon its initial introduction, de Coubertin stated the following in the August, 1912 edition of Olympique:
- The emblem chosen to illustrate and represent the world Congress of 1914...: five intertwined rings in different colours - blue, yellow, black, green, and red - are placed on the white field of the paper. These five rings represent the five parts of the world which now are won over to Olympism and willing to accept healthy competition.
The Flame and torch relay*
The modern tradition of moving the Olympic Flame via a relay system from Greece to the Olympic venue began with the Berlin Games in 1936. Months before the Games are held, the Olympic Flame is lit on a torch, with the rays of the Sun concentrated by a parabolic reflector, at the site of the Ancient Olympics in Olympia, Greece. The torch is then taken out of Greece, most often to be taken around the country or continent where the Games are held. The Olympic torch is carried by athletes, leaders, celebrities and ordinary people alike, and at times in unusual conditions, such as being electronically transmitted via satellite for Montreal 1976, or submerged underwater without being extinguished for Sydney 2000. On the final day of the torch relay, the day of the Opening Ceremony, the Flame reaches the main stadium and is used to light a cauldron situated in a prominent part of the venue to signify the beginning of the Games.
(*) Information taken from wikipedia. Find more on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_symbols
Follow the torch on its way to the Castle: http://www.bankofscotlandlondon2012.co.uk/en/In-your-community/Olympic-Torch-Relay/OTR-Days/St-Andrews-to-Edinburgh/
14th June, The Olympic Torch in Edinburgh