July 27 will see the start of the 30th Summer Olympic Games in London, England.
The official start of the Games occurs during the Opening Ceremonies when the cauldron is lit with the Olympic Flame.
Next week, the Olympic Torch relay will begin its run throughout the United Kingdom before it is used to light the Olympic Cauldron in Olympic Stadium.
In that light (ugh!), here are some interesting tidbits about the Torch:
one) This is what the Olympic Torch for the London Games looks like.
two) The flame for the torch is lit by the rays of the sun in a ceremony near Olympia, Greece, the site of the ancient Olympic Games.
three) Oddsmakers have already laid down propositions as to who they think will light the Cauldron come July 27. As of this writing, the clear favorite is Sir Steve Redgrave, an Olympic rower and only one of four men to win a gold medal in five consecutive Olympic Games.
four) In the UK, the relay will take the Torch through 1,019 (there’s your number for the day) communities and the organizers say the Torch will come within 10 miles of 95% of the population.
seven) The last time the Olympics were held in London, 1948, the Cauldron in Wembley Stadium was lit by athlete John Mark.
nine) A cigarette lighter was once used to relight the Olympic Cauldron at the 1976 Games in Montreal, Canada, after a rainstorm doused the flame.