The great Olympic Torch has been travelling around the UK for the last 2 weeks. It’s visited some of the most beautiful places that Great Britain has to offer: starting from the Land’s End at Cornwall, Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Cheltenham, Worcester, Cardiff and many more. Every place that the Olympic Torch visited has been enlightened by the Olympic Spirit. The Olympic Torch is аn embodiment of the power of the Olympics bringing together all kinds of people to celebrate humans’ strength, determination and will power. Thousands of people have come together in the past two weeks to celebrate the Olympic spirit and no matter where the torchbearers took the great Olympic fire they have been welcomed by crowds of excited and joyful fans.
There is no need to say that here on the OlympiMania team, we are all crazy about every single thing related to the 2012 Games. Imagine how excited we’ve been about the Torch Relay. We’ve closely tracked every move the Torch made during the last two weeks. We haven’t miss a thing: we were impressed by Will.I.Am when he did the moon walk while caring the torch, we became fearful every single time when the brutal English weather attempted to put out the Olympic fire and we were impressed by the strength of the Olympic Torch to resist the ever so lovely rain and wind Britain had to offer. And now we want to share with you the best moments of the Torch relay. So far:
The history of the Olympic Torch dates back to the first Olympic Games in 776 B.C. Then the Games were part of a festival celebrating the mighty God Zeus held in Olympia (but you already know this if you have been following the OlympiMania blog posts:P). As part of the celebrations the ancient Greeks would set up a huge fire using sunlight, because it was seen to be pure – set up by the power of Gods.
The Olympic Torch has been introduced in modern Olympics to symbolise the great fire in Olympia. Today the Games are held everywhere in the world so every 2 years (for the alternating Summer and Winter Olympic Games) a huge fire is lit up in Olympia during a beautiful ceremony. Then the Olympic fire is transferred by a few chosen torchbearers to the location of the Games. And here comes the most interesting part. We bet you don’t know that the Olympic fire is still being set up only by using the pure and mighty power of the sunlight!
What do you think about the Torch Relay? Are you as excited about it as us? Let us know in the comment section below!:)
Happy BlogMania Launch Day to all OlympiManians!
We know you all must be superduper excited and eager to learn a little bit more about the whole OlympiMania movement (we can have a link to the next post) and get more information on what BlogMania is all about, but here at the OlympiMania HQ we are so over the moon! We’ve been waiting for this day for our whole life (or at least for the last couple of months).
As with other blogs, BlogMania will be the place where we share everything with you – our thoughts, dreams and hopes. It will be a platform for us to express our opinion, to update you on the latest and breaking news on the Olympic Games and even to share spicy gossip from the Olympic Park! Through BlogMania we will keep you updated on all upcoming OlympiMania events, challenges and quizzes. It will be the first place to announce new upcoming features to the OlympiMania app.
Also some of the posts will be written by the incredible OlympiMania Man (sometimes known as ‘Olympimaniac’). Through the revelations you will get a peak into the life of a true superhero (and if this is not exciting enough, it will be like finding the secret diary of Batman – “The dark secrets of the Dark Knight!”)! You will get to read about his feelings and how the stress of bearing the huge responsibility of taking the Olympic Games to every home around the Globe is affecting his life. It’s difficult to imagine how hard is to be a superhero, especially such a famous and loved one as OlympiMania Man. Don’t worry it won’t be just tears and sobs – there will also be amazingly funny reports on how the OlympiMania Man copes with his day-to-day life
But let’s move to the most exciting part of BlogMania! The blog will also be the place where you can comment on every post, share your views with us and communicate with fellow OlympiManians. BlogMania is not just for us (although we will be having a lot of fun with it), it is for all of you – OlympiManians!Read More
Last week we challenged you to guess what OlympiMania is. We gave away a lot of clues and streamed some funny teasers to make it easier for you to find the correct answer. However a few OlympiManians managed to guess correctly and many of you are probably still banging your hands against the wall in agony.
It is pretty obvious that OlympiMania is something about the 2012 Olympic Games. But what exactly?
And the answer is … the tension is growing, you are hearing the sound of drums accelerating in your head… the OlympiMania is a massive movement that will bring you the best mobile app for the Olympics and for sporting events all around the world after the Olympics.
We wanted to create an app that will make the 2012 Olympic Games more accessible for everyone around the world. And we did it, we designed and built the most amazing and complete app for the Olympics on the market. But we didn’t stop there. It was like the Olympic spirit has overpowered our minds and bodies and the Games became our mania. We were inspired by all the things the Olympics stand for – power, dynamics, strength, joy, movement, life, alliance of all nations – and we made our mission to spread the Olympic experience everywhere.
OlimpiMania is a movement we initiated to bring the 2012 Olympic Games closer to all of you. No one guessed correctly that the missing word is movement, but we have one guess that was pretty close.
The winner of the Olympimania mystery challenge is ANDY WILKES
Andy will receive an Olympimania pack with a bunch of goodies including iTunes gift vouchers to the value of £50 as well as one of our Olympimania T-shirts and an additional gift voucher to purchase app when it is launched.
There is another competition to guess the name of the app – or to suggest a cool name.
Embrace the OlympiMania spirit and make it your own movement. Let’s all come together this summer to share this amazing experience with each other, because the joy of life is in sharing with other people. Become an OlympiManian today! Join our community!
The first Games took place in 776 B.C. as part of a festival celebrating the mighty Greek God Zeus. The Olympic Games have a very long history and it’s filled with fun facts that raise your brows. You will be amazed with some of the things that have happened through the years from the first Games to the 2012 Olympics. Each week we will dedicate a post to celebrate the Olympic traditions by sharing 3 fun facts about the Games with you.
Fun fact #1: In the beginning there was only one Olympic discipline—a short 200 meter sprint called a stade. Today the Summer Olympics has 26 sports divided into 39 disciplines. Added to these are the 15 Winter Olympic sports. Quite a growth!
Fun fact #2: The Olympic Games is the ultimate sporting event, it attracts more viewers than any other event in the world – more that the World Cup, the Euro cup, the Championship League final or the Super Bowl. This summer about 10 million tickets will have been sold for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and more than 4 billion people will be watching the Games on TV. This counts for almost all of the world population that have access to a television.
Fun fact #3: Did you know that the athletes have to make an Oath just like doctors? At each Olympic Games during the opening ceremony one athlete has to recite the Olympic Oath on behalf of all participating athletes. The Oath has been written by Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, and it states the following:
“”In the name of all competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules that govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams.”Read More