In case you hadn’t noticed, the official countdown to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London began a few weeks ago. They lit the Olympic flame over in Greece on May 10, then transported to the United Kingdom on a special addition gold-painted British Airways jet on May 18. Since then, the torch has been making it’s way around the island, and it will continue it’s tour of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Whales until it head back to London and the games officially begin on July 27.
So that’s cool. Everybody likes the Olympics. (Well, except for the taxpayers who have to pay for them.) But did you ever wonder what the deal it with this whole torch relay thing? For example, when did it start, and whose idea was it? Or what happens to all those torches when they’re done using them? And what if the flame goes out—do they have to start all over?
If you’ve ever wondered these things, then you’re in the right place, because today we’ve got the perfect list: 9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Olympic Torch Relay.
Let’s get started.