We have in our collection an actual relay torch from the 1984 Los Anglels Olympics. Only a specific number were made before the mold was broken and will never be used again.
The top of the torch has the Olympic rings along with the Olympic motto: “Citius, Altius, Fortius.” These three Latin words mean “Swifter, Higher, Stronger.” The Los Angeles Colosseum is engraved around the torch. The design was specific to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
It was given to the museum to be used for educational purposes – for school children and area schools. So, unlike most artifacts in the collection, visitors are invited and encouraged to touch and hold it. I still find it thrilling to hand it to visitors, especially now while the Olympics are going on.
Today, it was loaned to Minnewaska Area Elementary School for their Winter Olympic celebration – just like the donors intended. Click here for video clips.