Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Youth Olympic Flame

The Torch
Design Inspiration
The Youth Olympic Flame (JYOF) torch takes its design inspiration from fire and water.
Fire represents the Youth's passion and burning desire to learn and excel, blazing the trail in life.  
Water represents Singapore, with its origins as a seaport; and the vibrant and dynamic nature of Singapore as an island city-state.
The torch was designed to combine the dual elements of fire and water, with the water wave on the torch body and a flaming fire on top.
The top part of the torch body is reflective and acts as a mirror, bearing the images and elements of Singapore as the Youth Olympic Flame is carried across the island by the torchbearer during the torch relay in Singapore.

The Community Cauldron
The Community Cauldron is a small cauldron designed and produced to hold the Youth Olympic Flame. The use of the Community Cauldron allows the Flame to be displayed at the Community Celebration sites in Singapore and each of the five other cities that the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame will pass through.

The Safety Lantern
safety lantern

Safety lanterns are used to transport the Youth Olympic Flame when not carried by a torchbearer.
At the start of each relay day, the Youth Olympic Flame is taken from the safety lantern to light the torch. At the end of the day, the Flame from the torch is transferred to the safety lantern for safeguarding.
A number of safety lanterns are kept alight with the Youth Olympic Flame in case the Flame carried by the torch or other device go out unexpectedly (e.g. from high winds). In addition, the safety lanterns continue to hold the Flame during the duration of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (Singapore 2010).

Did You Know?
  • Only one Olympic Flame and Olympic Torch Relay can be in operation at any time; and the Flame cannot be split and conveyed by more than one torch relay;
  • The Olympic Flame cannot be "left behind" at a particular location; for example, by lighting a local cauldron that remains lit after the torch relay has progressed to another location;
  • The Olympic Flame once lit in Olympia, Greece, must remain lit throughout until the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony;
  • The Olympic Flame cannot be used to light any other flame for any reason.


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