As a lifelong fan of the Olympics, I am always amazed at all the hard work and effort that goes into not just putting on a safe Olympic games for the athletes and fans, but an entertaining and traditional one as well.
The Olympic flame which is the symbol of the summer and winter games and will burn for the duration of the Olympics (until August 12th) is a technical challenge, especially with the London cauldron's unique design. The cauldron which is engineered by FCT Flames, an Australian company that also designed the cauldrons for the summer games in Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004) is especially challenging since it's made up of 204 flames, each representing a participating nation.
According to Constantino Manias, Managing Director of FCT Flames- "In terms of the London Cauldron, the engineering, the mechanical and electrical engineering, is extremely complex. There is a large number of moving parts, and they all have to be synchronised to move correctly, there was something like fifteen kilometres of wiring that's gone into the control panel and another five and a half kilometres into the cauldron itself so that is a lot of wiring."
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