PyeongChang 2018; Handover Ceremony in Panathenaic Stadium

Panathenaic Stadium Athens | BK on Flickr | Panathenaic Stadium (Panathinaiko Stadio), Photo credit: RzlBrz007700 | (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Panathenaic Stadium Athens | BK on Flickr | Panathenaic Stadium (Panathinaiko Stadio), Photo credit: RzlBrz007700 | (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Olympic flame is due to be handed over to the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Athens on Tuesday, October 31.

 

Panathenaic Stadium: Facts & Figures

Timeline

  • 6th century BC: Simple racecourse
  • 330 BC: First stadium built for the Panathenaic Games
  • 144 AD: Rebuilt in marble (50,000 seats)
  • 4th century: Stadium abandoned
  • 1869: Stadium excavated
  • 1896: After renovation the main venue for the first modern Olympics
  • 2004: Used for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games

 

 

Location

 

Programme Handover Ceremony

The “PyeongChang 2018” Handover ceremony will take place tomorrow October 31

The Handover ceremony of the Olympic Flame for the XXIII PyeongChang 2018 winter Olympic Games will take place tomorrow, October 31st, at the Panathenaic Stadium, in the presence of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos.

The Handover ceremony will begin at 11.00 with sport – cultural events from Greece and the Republic of Korea.

The Greek General Gymnastics Team “Olympiada Thakomakedonon”, consisting of 90 young male and female participants will present the programme “the Wolves and the Moon”.

The Republic of Korea will create a lyrical atmosphere with dances and songs from the Republic of Korea and will also present the Olympic Torch Relay theme.

The last torchbearer who will enter the Panathenaic Stadium is the champion in skiing Ioannis Proios. Second to last torchbearer will be the former speed skating athlete KIM Ki-hoon, three-time gold medalist of the Republic of Korea.

The High Priestess is the actress Katerina Lehou, the choreographer is Artemis Ignatiou, while the musical composer is Yiannis Psimadas.

 

Source: The Hellenic Olympic Committee

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Day 1: April 21, 2016 Ancient Olympia (Flame Lighting Ceremony) – Zante

Day 2: April 22, 2016 Zante – Preveza

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Day 5: April 25, 2016 Alexandroupoli – Larissa

Day 6: April 26, 2016 Larissa – Museum of Acropolis

Day 7: April 27, 2016 Museum of Acropolis – Panathenaic Stadium (handover ceremony)

 

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Book recommendation; Olympic Realities: Sechs Stadte Nach dem Grossanlass / Six Cities After the Games

Olympic Realities Sechs Stadte Nach dem Grossanlass Six Cities After the Games

 

From the author:

World records, heroic stories, tears of the losers. The Olympics are the most important international sporting event when, for two weeks, one city is watched by the world.
Universal enthusiasm and a global media presence politicise the games and provide an opportunity for massive investment. Stadiums become symbols of power.
Days of euphoria are followed by disillusionment. Olympic Realities takes the viewer to six places deserted by the Olympic circus.
Bruno Helbling’s architecture photography raises questions of the significance of these monstrous events.
The impressive pictures are accompanied by six controversial essays, each written by an author with a special connection to the particular Olympic city.
Simultaneously provocative and entertaining, they expose the roots of a system of megalomania, corruption and mismanagement.
Olympic Realities is not only a highly aesthetic record of endurance, but also a sharp portrayal of an inescapable recurrence.

Hardback, 206 pages, English & German, 164 color-photographs
Photography by Bruno Helbling Essays by Werner van Gent, Peter Dittmann, Ahmed Buric,
Francesco Pastorelli, Barbara Lüthi and Martin Müller.
Graphic-Design by Lars Egert
Birkhäuser 2015
ISBN 978-3-0356-0631-7

 

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