See How The Olympic Torch Has Evolved Over Time [PHOTOS]

June 26, 2012 12:21 am

The Olympic Flame is one of the most constant and iconic symbols of the Olympic Games. The Olympic torch relay was introduced to the world in 1936, a celebration which ignites the torch months in advance at the original Olympic site in Olympia, Greece then travels to the site of the Olympic games.

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The torches designed for the Olympic games are always inventive and culturally symbolic. The 2012 Olympic torch, designed by east Londoners Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, is made of flashy gold aluminum alloy and sports a triangular shape. The three sides of the torch symbolize the three Olympic values of respect, excellence, and friendship.

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Take a look at each unique Olympic torch from the past few games in the gallery below!

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Ryan Seacrest carries the 2004 Athens Olympic Torch.

Ryan Seacrest carries the 2004 Athens Olympic Torch. Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images


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