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Day 28 - Olympic Torch Relay

In this handout image provided by LOCOG, Torchbearer 117 Jack Charlton carries the Olympic torch on June 15, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The Olympic Flame is now on day 28 of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles. (Photo by LOCOG via Getty Images)

Celebrities with the 2012 Olympic torch

The Olympic Flame is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire  was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. The fire was reintroduced at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam and it has been part of the modern  Olympic Games ever since. However, the torch relay of modern times which transports the flame from Greece to the various designated sites of the games has no ancient precedent  and was introduced by Carl Diem at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.