Swifter, Higher, Stronger is a special motto in the Olympic games. It encourages the athletes to do their absolute best. Athletes view their effort as a victory even though they didn’t get a placing. Swifter, Higher and Stronger can be compared to the well known saying “The important thing is not to win but to take part”.
The Flame is one of the best known features of the Olympic games. Months before the games start, it is lit. Only can it be lighted by the sun’s rays in Olympia, Greece. This is done in memory of the origins of the Olympics. It is carried by relay to the host city.
To start the opening of the games, the torch is brought into the stadium by the last relay runner. Who uses it to light the cauldron that will burn the entire length of the games. The cauldron is extinguished on final day of games.
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