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Winter Olympic Flame

Winter Olympic flame symbolizes the continuity and unity of the Olympic Games across different editions and locations. The flame is lit during the Olympic torch relay and remains lit throughout the duration of the Games, serving as a beacon of inspiration for athletes and spectators alike.

The first time there was a Winter Olympics flame and cauldron was in 1936, though the flame was lit at the site of the Games and not at Olympia. The first Olympic torch relay for the Winter Olympic Games was in 1952.

List of All Olympic Flames/Cauldrons

Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 (Große Olympiaschanze, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany): The flame was lit at the site of the Games and not at Olympia, 

St. Moritz 1948 (St. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink, St. Moritz, Switzerland): As was the case in 1936, the flame was lit at the site of the Games and not at Olympia

Oslo 1952 (Bislett Stadium, Oslo, Norway): The first Winter Olympic torch relay was held for the Games in Oslo in 1952. The Olympic Flame was lit by Sondre Nordheim, grandson of the great explorer Fridtjof Nansen, in Morgedal in Norway.

Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956 (Stadio Olimpico del Ghiaccio, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy): flame for Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956 was lit in Rome, on the steps of the Temple of Jupiter on Capitoline Hill.


1964 Innsbruck Olympic flame 1956 Winter Olympic flame

Squaw Valley 1960 (Blyth Memorial Arena, Squaw Valley, USA): The flame was again lit in the Norwegian village Morgedal, the birthplace of slalom skiing and ski jumping.

Innsbruck 1964 (Bergisel Stadium, Innsbruck, Austria): The flame was lit in Olympia, Greece, for the fitst time in Winter Olympics history. The cauldron was a sleek, modern cauldron placed atop a thin leaning pillar.

1964 Innsbruck Olympic flame 1964 Innsbruck Olympic flame

Grenoble 1968 (Stade de Glace, Grenoble, France):

1964 Innsbruck Olympic flame 1968 Olympic flame

Sapporo 1972 (Makomanai Open Stadium, Sapporo, Japan):

Innsbruck 1976 (Bergisel Stadium, Innsbruck, Austria):

Lake Placid 1980 (Lake Placid Olympic Stadium, Lake Placid, USA):

2006 Torino Olympic flame Lake Placid Olympic flame

Sarajevo 1984 (Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia): Cauldron at Asim Ferhatović - Hase Olympic Stadium

2006 Torino Olympic flame Sarajevo Stadium

Calgary 1988 (McMahon Stadium, Calgary, Canada):

Albertville 1992 (Théâtre des Cérémonies, Albertville, France):

Lillehammer 1994 (Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena, Lillehammer, Norway): the Olympic fire was brought into the stadium of Lillehammer by a ski jumper.

Nagano 1998 (Minami Nagano Sports Park, Nagano, Japan):

Salt Lake City 2002 (Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, USA):

2006 Torino Olympic flame the Olympic flame at Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City

Turin 2006 (Stadio Olimpico, Turin, Italy): The cauldron sat atop a 57-metre-high (187 ft) Olympic cauldron, the highest in the history of the Winter Olympic Games.

2006 Torino Olympic flame 2006 Torino Olympic flame

Vancouver 2010 (BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, Canada): A grand, imposing cauldro

Vancouver 2010 Olympic flame


Sochi 2014 (Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia):

Sochi Olympic flame


Pyeongchang 2018 (Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, Pyeongchang, South Korea):

Sochi Olympic flame


Beijing 2022 (National Stadium, Beijing, China):

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