Flame lighting ceremony for PyeongChang 2018 in ancient Olympia
As is the tradition, a torch will be lit at the ancient temple of Hera by the rays of the sun using a parabolic mirror. The lighting ceremony will start at 12 noon local time and can be watched live on the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federations website (www.ibsf.org) or via olympic.org. Following the lightning, the torch will take a tour of Greece until the handover of the flame to the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on 31 October.
On 1 November, the flame will arrive 8,500km east in the Korean city of Incheon, marking 100 days to go to the start of the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. A total of 7,500 torchbearers will then carry the flame through nine regions and eight major cities of Korea until the Olympic fire is lit on 9 February 2018. ©RWH2017
Photo: IOC: Olympic Flame lighting Ceremony in Olympia (GRE), 2014 - Katerina LEHOU, in the role of the high priestess, lighting the Olympic torch with the help of the parabolic mirror at Hera's temple.
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