Friday, 9 February 2018

Top five torch lighting moments from Olympic opening ceremonies.

Muhammad Ali lighting the final Olympic torch
in Atlanta in 1996 was a seminal moment
for the Summer Olympics. (AP)
They have become rather garish, extravagant occasions, the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. They had always been sizable celebrations, replete with no small amount of grandeur, though the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing outdid them all, with more than 15,000 performers and a price tag that ballooned into nine digits.

Each dazzling display is, of course, closed with the initial seminal moment of each Games: the lighting of the Olympic torch. Sometimes it’s an archer firing a blazing arrow. Sometimes it’s a retired boxer. Sometimes it involves James Bondand a speedboat and a queen “skydiving” into the ceremony.

Invariably, it is something to behold, and it’s always kept a surprise (unless a photographer catches a glimpse of it and reports it to the world). You can find out who will light this year’s cauldron live right here on Feb. 9 at 6 a.m. ET.

By Travis Mewhirter.

Full story at Yahoo News.