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    1936: The tradition of the Olympic relay began in 1936. The Olympic flame was lit by the sun’s rays, using a concave mirror in Olympia, Greece and carried to Berlin by more than 3,000 runners. German athlete Fritz Schilgen lit the Olympic flame during the opening ceremonies of the XI Olympic Games in a stadium decorated with swastika banners.













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    1948: The Olympic torch, on the final leg of its relay, crosses the Thames at Windsor on its way to the Empire Stadium in Wembley for the London Olympic Games



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    1948: British athlete John Mark carries Olympic Torch into the Empire Stadium at Wembley, and inaugurates the 1948 Olympic Games by lighting the ceremonial flame



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    1952: Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi lights the Olympic flame in the Helsinki Stadium during the opening ceremonies of the Summer Games



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    1956: Australian athlete Ron Clarke, holder of the junior mile record, carries the Olympic torch into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Melbourne. The torch relay was hit by controversy when a student named Barry Larkin successfully handed over a fake torch, consisting of a pair of underpants attached to a chair leg, to the Mayor of Sydney.



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    1956: Italian skater Guido Caroli falls while carrying the Olympic torch, during the opening ceremony of the seventh Winter Olympic Games, at Cortina, Italy. Caroli fell over some microphone wires that were in his path on the ice, but did not lose his grip on the torch.



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    1960: Italian student Giancarlo Peris holds the torch after lighting the Olympic flame in Rome at the opening of the XVII modern Olympics. Rome hosted the first Summer Olympics to be commercially broadcast, and they were the first games with a major doping scandal, as Danish cyclist Knud Enemark Jensen collapsed during his race under the influence of Roniacol and died the same day.




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    1964: Yoshinori Sakai, a student born in Hiroshima on the day the first atomic bomb devastated the city, carries the torch up the stairs to light the cauldron during the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games




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    1968: The Olympic Flame is held aloft by a ‘High Priestess’ at the ancient Greek city of Olympia, from where it will be carried to Mexico City



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    1968: An athlete passes the Olympic flame to the next in the relay, for the opening ceremony of the Mexico Olympics. Shortly after this picture was taken, the torch exploded, injuring both men.



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    1968: Mexican hurdler Enriqueta Basilio becomes the first woman to light the Olympic cauldron, during the opening ceremony of the Mexico City Olympics



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    1972: National flags fly at half-mast around the Olympic torch in Munich, in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes killed by Arab terrorists



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    1976: Stéphane Préfontaine and Sandra Henderson light the Olympic flame during the Montreal Olympics opening ceremony



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    1980: The Olympic flame rises over statue of Lenin outside Lenin Stadium during the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games



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    1984: The Olympic torch is carried into the Los Angeles Coliseum by Gina Hemphill, Jesse Owens’ granddaughter



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