Apparently, they get a maintenance guy with a boom lift to help relight it
The carrying of the Olympic flame always comes with plenty of pomp and circumstance, but once the massive Olympic Cauldron is lit, we usually take for granted that it remains ablaze until the games come to an end. In a rare occurrence, the cauldron at the 2012 London games has been deliberately put out in order to relocate the massive structure to a new part of the stadium, at which point it was relit in a rather casual way.
Olympic organizers moved the flame to a holding lantern while the cauldron was put out and relocated. Once the move was complete, rather than make a big deal out of its lighting once again, the organizers simply grabbed one of the torchbearers, tossed him on a dirty boom lift with a member of the maintenance crew, and had him light it again.
While the cauldron was initially lit by a team of seven young athletes, such an event wasn't staged for the relighting. This time around a man named Austin Playfoot did it solo. Playfoot bore the torch during the flame's tripRead More »from Ever wonder what happens when the Olympic flame dies?