The Olympic torch is meant to symbolize the fire gifted to mankind by Prometheus in Greek mythology. Today's torch is also used as a symbol to connect the ancient games with their modern counterpart.
The Olympic torch and flame also serve to symbolize the goodwill and harmony that are the spirit of the Olympic games. The torch is carried during the Olympic relay and used to light the Olympic flame in a ceremony that marks the opening of the games. According to National Geographic Magazine, the first modern Olympic torch was used during the opening of the 1936 games in Berlin.