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The Olympic and Paralympic Games: Flaming Torches and Glittering Prizes

Suitable for: Book Clubs

A torch lit by the power of the sun at Mount Olympus and carried by relay to signal the start of the Olympic Games – it’s a powerful symbol. Explore three torches used in previous Games and also some of the stunning winners’ medals. They beat the crown of olive leaves given to the ancient winners of the Games!

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The Olympic torch is a symbol of continuity not of love, perhaps, but of international friendship. In Greece, fires burned continually at the temples of Olympia and when the Olympic Games were held additional fires burned in front of the statues of Zeus and his wife, Hera. Now, every four years, the Olympic torch is placed on the site of Hera's statue and lit by the rays of the sun. From Olympia the flame is carried in relays to the site of the Games. It's a great honour to be chosen to run the last leg and transfer the flame to the cauldron which burns for the duration of the Games.
Torches have been carried by various means over the years. Originally runners would have carried the flame from town to town but in recent times it's been transported by boat, plane, on horseback, by divers underwater and by camel.

What's inside

  • 10 copies of two or three raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • Coloured picture book of the raised images. Guidance Notes to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

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Three Olympic Torches
Three Medals and a Crown of Olive Leaves

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