There are a lot of things we here at Fields BMW Lakeland love about the Summer Olympics, and everybody has their favorite event, whether that be swimming, basketball, gymnastics, or something more obscure. For some, though, the most emotionally powerful aspect of the entire Games is the Opening Ceremony, and the most emotionally powerful aspect of the Opening Ceremony is the lighting of the torch.
It will take weeks for that little fire stick to make its way to London, and along the way there's no telling what kind of weather it may bump into. Even in the worst conditions, however, the bearers must run on, and the torch must stay alit.
Believe it or not, you've got to test that torch, putting it through simulated conditions, to ensure that it won't go out, and that's why BMW offered up their wind tunnel facility in Munich for Olympic folks to run that torch through 50 mph hour winds, intense cold, and sweltering heat.
The good news is that none of the crazy fake weather extinguished the flame; it made it through the whole gamut of gales and hails. Any BMW fan of Tampa should be proud of the work that their favorite automaker did to ensure that what could be considered the best part of the games gets done correctly. After all, we can't have an Opening Ceremony without a lit Olympic torch, and without an Opening Ceremony, there's no Summer Games at all. I think we're all looking forward to those a little too much for that not to happen at this point, right?