Get ready to watch the Opening Ceremony: Final torch bearer
The drama of the Opening Ceremony builds to the moment when the Olympic flame finally arrives inside the stadium and is passed to the final torch bearer to light the Olympic cauldron.
In 1984, Los Angeles was the stage for Rafer Johnson to become the first African-American to light the Olympic cauldron. Johnson was already in the record books as the first African-American to act as flag bearer for the United States delegation during the Parade of Nations in 1960 in Rome.
Two women famously broke down barriers as final torch bearers. Norma Enriqueta Basilio became the first woman to light the Olympic cauldron at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Australian track star Cathy Freeman proudly represented the oppressed Aborigine people on the grandest of Olympic stages as she lit a cauldron which surrounded her with fire and falling water as it ascended to the top of the stadium.
A moment which no doubt had many wondering, "Is this a good idea?"; Spanish Paralympic archer Antonio Rebollo fired a flaming arrow skyward toward Barcelona's Olympic cauldron in 1992, igniting the flame like no one had ever done before.
Competing and winning gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics under a name he would later abandon, Muhammad Ali made a champion's return to the Olympic Games to light Atlanta's 1996 cauldron to deafening cheers, while revealing his personal battle with the effects of Parkinson's disease.
At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony, China's 1984 gymnastics gold medalist on rings, Li Ning, was hoisted into the air and circled the stadium before he lit the paper scroll-inspired cauldron as spectators watched from below.
The 2012 London Opening Ceremony saw seven young Olympic hopefuls, each nominated by a former Olympic champion of Great Britain, ignite a cauldron of 204 splayed 'petals,' one for every nation competing at the Games. The petals then moved to an upright position forming the Olympic cauldron on the stadium floor.