8 Coolest Ways the Olympic Torch Has Been Lit (Photos)
The most spectacular torch-lighting ceremonies from Los Angeles to Nagano, Japan
Reid Nakamura | February 8, 2018 @ 2:51 PM
Last Updated: February 8, 2018 @ 2:54 PM
Los Angeles, 1984: Decathlete Rafer Johnson climbed a staircase to light a tube which carried the flame through the Olympic rings up to the cauldron.
Barcelona, 1992: Paralympic archer Antonio Rebollo shot an arrow lit by the flame into the cauldron.
Atlanta, 1996: Boxer Muhammad Ali was called on to finish the torch relay and ignite the flame.
Nagano, 1998: The flame was split into three and carried around the country before arriving in Nagano, Japan where they were reunited in Central Square.
Salt Lake City, 2002: The winning U.S. men’s ice hockey team from the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid lit the torch as a group.
Beijing, 2008: Gymnast Ning Li was carried around the stadium on wires to complete the torch relay.
Vancouver, 2010: Olympians Nancy Greene Raine, Wayne Gretzky, Steve Nash and Catriona Le May Doan were tasked with lighting four arms of the cauldron, which carried the flame up toward the center. However, Le May Doan's portion failed to light due to a technical difficulty.
London, 2012: Seven young athletes aged 16 to 19 were brought out to light the cauldron, to "symbolize the passing of the Olympic flame to the young generation."