Not to be a downer, but it is a bit discouraging to remember that the very cool tradition of transporting the Olympic flame from its birthplace – where Hestia’s temple used to be in Olympia – to the Olympic city was started by the Nazis. Yes. The first Olympic torch relay happened in 1936 under the watchful eye of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s minister of propaganda. That is unfortunate.
It is also not really a topic of discussion as people get their selfies with the Olympic cauldron here on Olympic Boulevard in downtown Rio.
And they do get their selfies. It’s easy to
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