Olympic Torch

The Olympic flame is one of the oldest and most cherished symbols of the Olympic games. In ancient Greece, the flame stayed lit throughout the Olympic games and this tradition is kept until nowadays.


The modern torch was introduced during the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. Since then, the design of the torch has evolved, along with the fuel that powers the symbolic flame. Everything from gunpowder to olive oil was used to fuel the Olympic torch’s flame. The first liquid fuels were introduced at the 1972 Munich games. Torches since that time have carried liquid fuels — they are stored under pressure as a liquid, but burn as a gas to produce a flame. Liquid fuel is safe for the runner and can be stored in a lightweight canister.






Sydney Olympic Torch

Torch utilized a mixture of 35% propane and 65% butane (cigarette lighter fuel), which ignites a strong flame without making a lot of smoke. This was a more lightweight and environmentally friendly option for the torch and safest for the torchbearer to carry.


Beijing Olympic Torch

Torch was fueled entirely by propane because there is no risk of pollution.


London Olympic Torch

Torch was fueled by a mixture of propane and butane


Sochi Olympic Torch

Torch contained environmentally-friendly propane, produced in Russia. This fuel container held enough propane to fuel the torch for approximately 15 minutes.


Rio Olympic Torch

Torch was powered by LPG. The torch holds a small cylinder containing 60 grams of LPG which will keep the flame burning constantly and reliably for 18 minutes. A small trigger on the side of the torch ignites the flame.




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