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Olympic Torch

With all the controversy about the Olympic Torch relays going on right now and how the Olympics committee is claiming (ludicrously in my opinion) that the Olympics have nothing to do with politics, I thought you all might enjoy this little "fun fact" about how the tradition of an Olympic Relay to carry the torch from Athens to the Olympics site began.

From Wikipedia:
The modern convention of moving the Olympic Flame via a relay system from Olympia to the Olympic venue began with the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany.

The relay, captured in Leni Riefenstahl's film, "Olympia", was part of the Nazi propaganda machine’s attempt to add myth and mystique to Adolf Hitler’s regime. Hitler saw the link with the ancient Games as the perfect way to illustrate his belief that classical Greece was an Aryan forerunner of the modern German Reich.
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