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What has been your fave Olympic cauldron? what has been your least favourite? what would you have done differently to a cauldron if you were its designer?

My fave cauldron is Barcelona 1992 - I love how they mixed the modern cauldron with the historical stadium and made it look as if it had always been there.

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My lease fave cauldron is Athens 2004 - i liked the lighting but it just seems very bland, for the home of the Olympics i expected something more 

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If i could redesign a cauldron for sure i would re-do Atlanta 1996 - i would keep the actual caldron as i love the color scroll but i would get rid of the metal tower and replace it with a more stylish modern column similar to the interlocking Turin design.

What's y'all's picks?

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For me : 

- Sydney

- Beijing

- Salt Lake City

 

One thing in my bucket list is too see "all possible" olympic cauldron,I dont know if there is a list of "where exactly you can see them". I already have seen of them : 

- Sydney (my fav one)

- Atlanta

- Barcelona

- Nagano

- Grenoble (I live there!)

- Montreal

- Athens

- Albertville (close to Grenoble)

- Lillehammer

-Moscow

For me : 

- Sydney

- Beijing

- Salt Lake City

 

One thing in my bucket list is too see "all possible" olympic cauldron,I dont know if there is a list of "where exactly you can see them". I already have seen of them : 

- Sydney (my fav one)

- Atlanta

- Barcelona

- Nagano

- Grenoble (I live there!)

- Montreal

- Athens

- Albertville (close to Grenoble)

- Lillehammer

-Moscow

 

 

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18 minutes ago, fantomex said:

One thing in my bucket list is too see "all possible" olympic cauldron,I dont know if there is a list of "where exactly you can see them".

There is a room in the Museum of London which houses the 2012 cauldron and an exhibition about its design process

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/permanent-galleries/london-2012-cauldron

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I did love the Athens cauldron, and also Salt Lake City.   Also liked the classic simple effort of Lillehammer, and Sochi somewhat did that too.

London's lighting was spectacular but it loses marks for me just for being out of view for a week and not burning brightly over the city.   I'm not a huge fan of the move towards lighting a stadium cauldron as the big symbolic moment and then someone lighting the main cauldron elsewhere in the city with no questions asked.   Hopefully as cleaner energy is used to fire the flame we can see some kind of compromise which sees us return to the classic cauldron shining over the stadium.  

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7 minutes ago, Olympics2028 said:

^ That's why the Olympics seem to be increasingly clones or variations of one another. I didn't realize how many of them involve cross-boundary work and inter-country consulting. Even going back to the 1960s.

Also, because of torchsydney pointing out the 1952 games in Helsinki, I now realize that decisionmaking by organizing committees that make me go "huh?!" dates back way longer too.

Okay, a question here. What are you referring too as “decision-making” by Helsinki. Helsinki was in the pre-TV era of simple ceremonies. It was pretty straightforward - Finland’s then most famous athlete brought the torch in and lit a cauldron in the stadium, and then four relay runners took the flame to the top of a tower to light a cauldron above the stadium. Nothing too novel in that. And you have to remember, this was only about the third torch relay ever - they were an innovation from 1936. What makes you go “huh?”

Oh, and a protester interrupted a speech.

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On 8/17/2021 at 4:03 PM, Brekkie Boy said:

I did love the Athens cauldron, and also Salt Lake City.   Also liked the classic simple effort of Lillehammer, and Sochi somewhat did that too.

London's lighting was spectacular but it loses marks for me just for being out of view for a week and not burning brightly over the city.   I'm not a huge fan of the move towards lighting a stadium cauldron as the big symbolic moment and then someone lighting the main cauldron elsewhere in the city with no questions asked.   Hopefully as cleaner energy is used to fire the flame we can see some kind of compromise which sees us return to the classic cauldron shining over the stadium.  

I agree with you!

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3 hours ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

22 years since Sydney and less than 10 years to Brisbane...crazy!

That was the best night of my life....had a seat right at the front above the Royal Box...remember every minute including passing Muhammad Ali in the queue to go in!

Same.  I was high above the athletes entrance and could feel the rising heat of the flames. A truly magical astounding night that I will never ever forget. 

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My first Olympic memory... wouldn't be a stretch to say almost all my interest in the Olympics, the surroundings of the Games, what makes them special, dates back to that autumn morning, the scale of the ceremony and the spectacle, and the excitement of seeing my first Parade of Nations and learning about the countries of the world. I probably learned more on September 15 2000 than any other day :P

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1 hour ago, yoshi said:

My first Olympic memory... wouldn't be a stretch to say almost all my interest in the Olympics, the surroundings of the Games, what makes them special, dates back to that autumn morning, the scale of the ceremony and the spectacle, and the excitement of seeing my first Parade of Nations and learning about the countries of the world. I probably learned more on September 15 2000 than any other day :P

The cauldron stalled for 4 mins in front of more than 3 billion viewers worldwide and 6 million watching on Channel 7 in Australia. A flawless and spectacular Opening Ceremony coming close to disaster. Vancouver a decade later had the fourth arm supposed to be lit be Le May Doan fail to rise in another cauldron mishap. 

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