IN 1976, THE OLYMPIC GAMES WERE HELD IN MONTREAL. The Olympic Flame was "electronically" transmitted via satellite from Athens to Ottawa, by means of an electronic pulse derived from the actual burning flame. From Ottawa, it was carried by hand to Montreal. After a rainstorm doused the Olympic flame a few days after the games had opened, an official relit the flame using his cigarette lighter. Organizers quickly doused it again and relit it using a backup of the original flame.
CATCH THIS, THE PROUD OLYMPIC TORCH WAS RELIT, BY A BIC LIGHTER. FOR MOST OF US, AS LONG AS THE TORCH IS LIT, WHO CARES, BUT TO THE OLYMPICS, IT IS A MAJOR DEAL.
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