Today I found out the origin of the Olympic Flame tradition and the Nazi origin of the Olympic Torch Relay. Diem was the Secretary General of the Organization Committee of the Berlin Olympic Games, as well as the chief organizer of the 1936 Summer Olympic Games and longtime Berlin sports administrator. They subsequently put this in their book, History of the Ancient Olympic Games, which started the myth that the symbol had Ancient Greek origins. One of the more unique pranks staged during an Olympic Flame Relay was accomplished by veterinary student Barry Larkin in 1956. During the 2008 Olympic torch relay, the torches had to be put out several times due to protestors impeding the running of the relay.