The Olympic Flame: No Smoke, Just Mirrors

Olympic-FlameWith the games coming to an end, we will all be left with great memories. Athletes will return home with their treasures and hopes of returning to the next Winter Games. The closing ceremonies are now upon us as we reflect on the past two weeks. The Olympic flame will be extinguished and it will all come to an end. However, have you ever wondered why there is a flame in the Olympics? Where did this idea come from? Upon planning our Lakeside Games, we learned about the Olympic flame and how it has evolved.

Back to Greece

The origins of the Olympic Games can be traced back to Greece. The flame can be traced back just as far. At the beginning of the games in ancient Greece a flame was lit to symbolize Greek heroes from death to rebirth. Even at this time the flame was left to burn throughout the duration of the games.

Torch

Though the flame has been around since the games in ancient Greece the torch has only been around for the past 78 years. The first torch was lit and carried in relay fashion at the 1936 games in Germany.  At the beginning of each Olympics a new flame is lit in Greece in the ancient Olympic stadium.

Fire and Mirrors

Most of us might be imagining the flame being lit with a flick of a match like we would light a candle at home but it’s actually a bit more complicated. The flame actually uses a parabolic mirror which has a curved surface.  The curvature in the mirror focuses the rays from the sun to a single point creating the heat. When the last carrier of the torch proceeds to light the flame, the heat from the sun helps to ignite the torch. Who knew?

Just like the games in Sochi the Lakeside Games must now come to an end. Our athletes trained and battled for the gold at each and every game.  We are proud to have such amazing athletes at Lakeside and can’t wait for the next games.

Our Olympic flame was lit at our opening ceremonies and now must be extinguished at the conclusion of our closing ceremonies.

Thank you to all of our talented athletes and everyone who came to cheer them on at the events. That’s it from Winter #LakesideGames. We will see you in four years!

Winter Olympic Events You May Not Know About

The Olympics are in full swing and has everyone talking. With so much action packed into two weeks you won’t be able to pull yourself away from the games. The athletes trained for years for their chance to win gold in 15 different events. We are all used to hearing about figure skating, skiing and snowboarding but there are some events that only gain attention during the games. We’ve got the scoop on the events you may have wondered about.

Curlingcurling

This sport is played on the ice but without skates. The athletes wear special curling shoes. These special shoes have a combination of a slider sole and grip sole. This helps the players be more flexible and gain more control on the ice when curling. The field is a long icy stretch that leads to a target area. The target is separated by four rings. The players use a curling broom to push curling stone towards the targets. The athlete’s goal is to push the stones as close to the center of the target as possible. The team with the most stones the closest to the target will win.

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SkeletonSkeleton

At first glance you may think you know what a skeleton is but make no bones about it; it may not what you think. The Skeleton sport is one of the events in the Winter Olympics you probably have seen but didn’t know what it was called. These athletes ride face down on a sled straight down a frozen track.  So how fast can they really go? This sport takes athletes through turns that can propel them up to 5 Gs of force.

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The Olympics have evolved by adding and even eliminating events from the program and the Lakeside Games are no exception.  The second event in our office Olympics is Chair Rowing. This skilled sport challenges everyone to work as a team during the race to be the first to roll across the finish line. The event was quick but the victory was sweet!

Congratulations to Advertising! They rowed themselves to victory and tied up the games! Who will win the next event and break the tie? Don’t touch that dial!  We have more thrilling coverage of the #LakesideGames coming your way soon!

 

 

History in The Making: 4 Olympic Facts You Might Not Have Known

Olympic-MedalsWith the opening of the 2014 Olympics excitement has been building in anticipation of what teams will take gold, silver and bronze.  So far we have seen some great competition. Figure Skating, Snowboarding, Luge, Ski Jumping and Speedskating are just a few.  The Olympic tradition has been going on for centuries and has evolved into the great Winter and Summer Games we know today. Here are four historic facts about the Olympics that you may not have known.

1. Ancient Greece

The Olympics were originally celebrated as a religious festival starting in 776 B.C. celebrating the Greek God Zeus. History tells us the first Olympian to win an Olympic event was Coroebus who at the time was a chef. The event was The Stade which was a 192 meter footrace. Around 393 A.D the celebrated games were banned and wouldn’t surface again until 1894.

2. Olympic Revival

Though the Olympics were banned for quite some time, hope was not lost for the ancient games.  Baron Pierre De Coubertin proposed a reviving the games in a new tradition. The revival of the ancient games took place in Greece in 1896 which is what we now know as the Summer Olympic Games. The first Winter Olympic Games came about in 1924 and was held in France.

3. Four Years or Two

The Olympic Games were traditionally held every four years up until 1994. In 1986 the International Olympic Committee ruled that the games still be held every four years but on alternating cycles. This historic decision changed the Olympics to a 2 year cycle that alternated between the Summer and Winter games.

4. The Games in Your Living Room

We have grown accustom to watching the Olympics in our living rooms on T.V. for years, some of us for as long as we can remember but the games were not always at our finger tips. The Olympics were not televised until 1960.  On February 18th 1960 Walter Cronkite guided families through this historic televised event on CBS.  The Olympics have been broadcast over the airwaves ever since.

The Olympics have impacted history throughout the years whether you are watching them on T.V. or attending. After our historic opening ceremony of the Lakeside Office Olympics our athletes prepared for their first event; The Recycle Bin Relay. This intense relay challenged our athletes to recycle as many pieces of paper possible into a recycling bin within one minute. The event was fast passed and kept us at the very edge of our seats!

Congratulations to the first Lakeside Games winner; Customer Service! They took on the Recycle Bin Relay head on and never gave up.  Stay tuned to the Lakeside View! We have more exciting coverage of the #LakesideGames coming your way!

 

Let the Games Begin

The Olympics are upon us. While the Games have technically already started with soccer, the London 2012 Opening Ceremony takes place today. As you settle-in for 5,535 hours of TV coverage across several channels, here is some interesting trivia you can share with friends and family.  The below trivia is from topendsports.com

– When London hosts the Olympic Games in 2012, the city will become the first to host the Games three times:1908, 1948 and 2012.

– Greece is the only nation to have participated under its own flag in all modern summer Olympic Games.

– The only Olympian ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was Philip Noel-Baker of Great Britain, who won the silver in the 1500-meter dash in 1920.

– At the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, silver medals were awarded to the winners and bronze to the second place getters.

– More athletes than spectators attended the 1900 Paris Olympic Games.

– Oscar Swahn became the oldest gold medalist when he won gold at 64 years and 280 days old in 1912