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Beauty of the Olympic torch

Posted November. 02, 2017 07:32,   

Updated November. 02, 2017 09:13

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The story of Prometheus and fire took a part in the greatness of the Greek mythology. Zeus was outraged at his half-brother Prometheus for stealing fire that the gods played with and giving it to humans. Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock in the Caucasus and sent an eagle to eat his liver. It can be understood that fire was regarded a divine substance and that this divine substance helped humans to escape from the world of animals. 

In ancient Greek Olympics, fire was lit in stadiums. This was in honor of Prometheus, who sacrificed himself to provide fire to humans. The torch did not reappear during the Olympics that were revived in Athens Greece in 1896. Later in 1928, the torch reappeared for the first time at the Amsterdam Olympics and it has appeared in every Olympics ever since. The torch, which was lit in Greece, arrived in Korea on Monday for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. In Greece, South Korean soccer player Park Ji-sung handed over the torch and figure skating prospect You Young was the first torchbearer in South Korea. 

The last torchbearer, who appears at the opening ceremony, receives the most attention. Like Muhamad Ali at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, it is a custom to have a national sports star to become the last torchbearer. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, marathon gold medalist Sohn Kee-chung was second to last and three-time gold medalist at the Asian Games Lim Chun-ae was the last person to carry the torch. At the PyeongChang Olympic Games, there is high possibility that figure skating gold medalist Kim Yu-na will become the last torchbearer.   

Kim Yu-na is a part of various Olympic-related events as an Honorary Ambassador. If she takes the role of the last torchbearer, it may give an impression of a one-person show. At the 2015 Rio Olympics, soccer player Pele was strongly raised to become the last torchbearer but the role was taken by Vanderlei de Lima, a marathoner. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Lima was leading the marathon with only about 5 kilometers left from the finish line where he was attacked by an Irish eschatologist and fell. Although he stood up again and ran, he passed the finish line with a bronze medal. Nevertheless, Lima did not lose his smile and was happy to win the bronze medal. If we are able to present a player who can surprise us and raise the sports sprit at the same time, the meaning and beauty of the Olympic torch will become more invaluable than ever.