The PyeongChang Olympic Games begin in just over 3 months. The Olympic Flame for the games was officially lit on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 in Ancient Olympia, Greece. The flame will make its way through Greece over the course of the next 8 days and reach South Korea on November 1st, 2017.
Olympic’s Press Release On YouTube:
The ceremony will take place in Olympia, home of the ancient Games in Greece. As is the tradition, a torch at the ancient temple of Hera will be lit by the rays of the sun using a parabolic mirror, to set off a domestic relay. The lighting ceremony will start at 12 noon local time, with actress Katerina Lehou as High Priestess and Artemis Ignatiou as the choreographer.
Over the following week, the flame will take a tour of Greece. The symbol of Olympism will cover 2,129km on Greek territory and will arrive at the Acropolis on 30 October. Some 505 torchbearers will participate and 36 welcome ceremonies will be held in 20 municipalities over the eight days. The ceremony to handover the flame to the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee will be held at the Panathenaic Stadium on 31 October at 11 a.m. Athens time.
Then the flame will make its way 8,500km east, to the Korean city of Incheon, arriving on 1 November to coincide with 100 days to go until the start of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
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