An. The top section was glass, and the Olympic flame burned within the glass, echoing the 2002 Olympic theme Light the Fire Within. The glass stood for purity, winter, ice, and nature. Also inside the glass was a geometric copper structure which helped hold the flame. Copper is a very important natural element of Utah, and represented fire, warmth, and mirrored the orange/red colors of the theme Fire and Ice. The center section was made of silver and finished to look old and worn, while the bottom section was made of clean, highly polished silver. The center section represented the silver mining heritage of the, while the bottom section represented the.
The Torchbearer gripped the torch at the junction of both the aged and polished silver, during which their hand represented a bridge from the past to the present. The two silver sections also mirrored the blue/purple colors of the Fire and Ice theme. It bears the Salt Lake City 2002 logo, the motto of the games on the silver bottom,
light the fire within, the Roman numbers for the number 19, XIX and the name of the Olympic Games, Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002 with the Olympic rings in the middle.
The Paralympic version has minor differences from the Olympic torch, it bears the Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympics logo, the motto of the games on the metal bottom, Mind, Body, Spirit, the Roman numbers for the number 8, VIII and the name of the Paralympic Games, Paralympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002 with the Paralympic taegeuks in the middle. Engineers all over the world have, through the years, set about a flame that resists extinction, to varying degrees of success. But Olympic organizers know better; each year they arrange complex contingency plans in an effort to ensure that the final torch did, somehow, come from that original fire lit in Greece.
The reason for these elaborate backup plans is a good one: carrying a flame for thousands of miles and across varying landscapes is, unsurprisingly, an incredibly difficult feat. There are so many steps along the way that can wreak havocБthat starts with the initial lighting. The original Olympics looked almost nothing like the modern ones, but we like to draw on the ancient origins and so we still hold a ceremony at their birthplace: Olympia, Greece.
Like children igniting ants with a magnifying glass, the light the initial Olympic torch with a mirror. Specifically, they use a parabolic mirror, which is a curved and looks a bit like a small satellite dish. The curvature focuses light in one spot, called a focal point, where the beams all meet at a single, intense spot. The one used in the ceremony at the Temple of Hera in Olympia has a focal point just above the mirrorБs surface. A БpriestessБ simply has to hold the torch in that spot and wait for the light to heat the fuel enough for it to ignite.