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WEEK 6

Last week, the Flame set out! The re-enactment of the Grecian priestesses preparing the fire at the ancient site of Olympia took place, making the torch ready to be carried over land and sea by the brave athletes.

Yeah, it sounds all sacred and it really is less of a big deal than it’s made out to be but it’s fun to think that they really got the ancient fire from Zeus and it is the athlete’s solemn duty to carry it safely to the Olympic Stadium in London to light the cauldron and start the games. Similar to Pheidippides even, bearing this great mission. Zeus doesn’t give out fire every day, you know!

Come on, that’s a lot more fun than thinking they used a giant reflector to direct the rays of the sun to light some flint in a bowl. People do that all the time, I did that yesterday, he , he! Here are some pics I got on the sacred ceremony that took place last week Thursday, 10th May from just one of the many sites that featured it.

http://www.lfpress.com/sports/othersports/2012/05/10/19741161.html

Stoking the ancient fire! Ha, ha!

Ceremonial dance by ‘priestesses’

Passing on the flame

And they’re OFF! With torch in hand, to London we go!

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/torch-lighting-starts-olympic-countdown-slideshow/spyridon-gianniotis-runs-olympic-flame-olive-branch-during-photo-120752235.html

Ahhh. The Greek people must be so proud that these games originated from their culture. Sniff.

Lastly, for my Olympic Memory. When I saw this preparation of the flame I didn’t think of times I had seen the lighting of the flame at all in the past or the lighting of the cauldron at the Games. Strangely enough I thought about a moment in the Athens Olympics in 2004, where runner George Sabanis, ran with a flag with a picture of an olive branch on it around the stadium during the opening ceremony, bursting through ribbons as the announcer called out each city that had held the Olympic Games before then. Of course, everybody loved it. It gave the crowd and athletes a chance to cheer for the years their country had held the Games.

I remember him symbolically stopping at the times when the Olympics had been cancelled due to World War’s. As a child I didn’t really know that a thing like war could literally stop such a huge event like the Olympics. I thought there had always been an Olympic Games, but when you’ve never experienced war, the impact doesn’t really register. So, other countries were fighting? Life went on for me. I still had to get up and go to school in the morning. However now, I understand the ripple effect that it can have on economies through trade and diplomacy ties.

The good thing though was that, at that moment, like the lighting of the flame last week, it made me realise that although there may be a crisis or something bad may happen, it can never totally stop a beautiful thing from going on. Greece has been through more than their share of hard times and are struggling to keep their heads above water, however, they still found a way to celebrate their history through the Games and hopefully try to learn from their past and continue on to better times. As I said, they must feel so proud to have given the world one of the greatest sporting events of all time that bring so many nations and people together. Thank you, Greece!

Written by – Travesaou

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