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Winter Olympics flame heads to Korea


31 Oct 2017

PyeongChang, Korea, October 31, 2017: The Greek leg of the Olympic Torch Relay came to an end today (Tuesday) as the Olympic Flame was officially handed over to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games delegation at the at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens – site of the inaugural Olympic Games of the modern era.The handover came at the end of an eight-day relay across the birthplace of the Olympics, which began in Ancient Olympia on October 24 and ended when Hellenic Olympic Committee President Spyros Capralos made the official presentation to Kim Ki-hoon, the first Korean to win a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games.


The flame was placed in a security lamp before being taken to the airport where it would board a Korean Air flight with the delegation and begin its 12-hour journey to Incheon, Korea.


When the flame lands at Incheon International Airport on Wednesday morning it will mark 30 years since the Olympic Flame was last seen in Korea for the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.Three decades on and the flame will burn just as brightly as it makes its way across the Republic of Korea to connect the nation around the passion and excitement of the Games.


Throughout its 101-day journey to the Olympic Plaza in PyeongChang, presenting partners Coca-Cola, Samsung and KT will be helping to entertain and engage the public as they lead the Torch cavalcade through the towns, cities, mountains and countryside ahead of the February 9 opening ceremony.

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