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Keeping the Flame Alive

July 28, 2012

LONDON, July 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

The Olympic flame is the symbol of any Games and keeping it alight requires enormous
technical skill and knowledge.

For the London 2012 Games, the Olympic flame is actually made up of 204 smaller flames
- each representing a nation taking part – and is different to any other seen before.

Creating it was a technical challenge that required experts from South Australia’s FCT
Flames to draw on all of the experience learnt from providing the cauldron and torches for
the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Games.

Constantino Manias, Managing Director of FCT Flames, said: “The actual concept of the
London cauldron is quite different to anything that we’ve worked with before where
normally there is a cauldron that comes out of the ground or appears from behind some
reveal. The London cauldron concept was quite different. It’s actually created out of
almost nothing.

“There are 204 small flames, each representing a nation competing in the Games, they
all merge together to form one flame which is the Spirit of the Games. It symbolises all
the nations coming together as one. The challenge was to make the individual flames as low
key as possible which meant that all the equipment associated with each individual flame
needed to be as small as possible,” said Mr Manias.

Each of the 204 burner stems carrying the individual flames in the cauldron had to be
as thin as possible, yet large enough to incorporate the electrical wiring, the gas
supply, and a flame detector. The effect was to create a unique Olympic flame that did not
look like a cauldron but a merging of 204 individual flames into one.

“For a small company like us in Australia to be involved in so many of these is really
exciting. Every one of these games is unique. There are different artistic concepts and
different degrees of research needed to deliver those concepts. They are exciting projects
and it really is fantastic to be involved,” said Mr Manias.

The expertise of Australian firms such as FCT Flames will be showcased to global
decision makers at a special event in London during the Games, during which a free app
detailing the ‘who’s who’ of the Australian major sporting event industry, Track Record
will be launched. The event will be held under the banner of Australia Unlimited, the
nation brand which highlights Australia s creativity, innovation and sophistication.

SOURCE Australian Trade Commission

Source: PR Newswire