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A Torch Passing Ceremony (13 of 13)
A Closer Look at the Book: JOSHUA
January 24. 2007
1. The Challenge Joshua Perceived!
A) How It Could be Prevented
B) How It Would be Punished
1) Loss of Power
2) Loss of Protection
3) Loss of Possessions
4) Loss of Peace
2. The Choice Joshua Presented!
A) Their Deliverance Remembered
B) Their Decision Requested
1) Personal Commitment
2) Personal Conviction
C) Their Devotion Required
The Olympic torch has become a symbol of the harmony and goodwill which represent the ideals of the Olympic Games. The Olympic flame represents the basic spiritual significance of the Olympic Movement, a symbol of peace among peoples of the world. The torch is usually carried hand-to-hand by relays of runners from the original site of the Olympic Games at Olympia, Greece, to the main stadium of the current Games.
This tradition started with the Berlin Olympic Games in 1936. To carry the torch during any part of its journey is considered a great honor. In Los Angeles, for the Games of the XXIII Olympiad in 1984, the torch relay route covered 15,000 kilometers. The route took 82 days and 3.636 runners participated. Interested persons were able to run for one kilometer by paying $3,000. In this manner more than $10 million were raised to benefit youth sports organizations.
The lighting of the Olympic flame at the site of the games is an important part of the opening ceremonies. The Olympic flame ends its journey by lighting the Olympic torch of the Games. At the end of the games the flame is extinguished, but this signifies the beginning of the next quadrennial and preparations for the next Olympic Games.
In the modern era, the Olympic flame was lit for the first time at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. The torch ceremony, with its ritual and symbolism sets the Olympic Games apart from other sports events; it adds ae ...
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