PyeongChang 2018; Programme Olympic Flame-Lighting Ceremony Tuesday 24 October


Olympic Flame-Lighting Ceremony
Location: Olympia
Date: Tuesday 24 October 2017



12:00 – Opening of the Ceremony
– Olympic Rings: a synthesis
– Olympic Anthem – Hoisting of the Olympic Flag
– National Anthem of South Korea – Hoisting of South Korea’s Flag
– National Anthem of Greece – Hoisting of the Greek Flag

The anthems are performed by the Children’s and Youth Choirs of Lavreotiki and Markopoulo Municipalities

– “The Light of Olympia”, Takis Doxas’ poem recited by Mr. Yiannis Stankoglou
– Address by the Mayor of Ancient Olympia, Mr. Efthymios Kotzas
– Address by the President of the “PyeongChang” Organising Committee, Mr. Lee Hee-beom
– Address by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas Bach
– Address by the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Mr. Spyros Capralos

12:25 – Entry of the designated officials in the Temple of Hera
– Ritual of the Lighting Ceremony at the Temple of Hera
– Entry of the High Priestess and the Priestesses into the Ancient Stadium with the Olympic Flame
– Dance performance by the Priestesses

12:50 – Handing over of the Olympic Flame by the High Priestess to the first Torchbearer
– Departure of the first Torchbearer for the Pierre de Coubertin Monument
– Opening of the Olympic Torch Relay

All times are local times

Source: Hellenic Olympic Committee

PyeongChang 2018; Details torch relay unveiled

Map: PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG)



October 24; Lighting Ceremony Ancient Olympia, Greece – Leg 1: Greece
October 31; Handover Ceremony Panathinaiko Stadium, Athens, Greece
November 1; Arrival of the Flame in Incheon – Leg 2: Republic of Korea

February 9; Opening Ceremony


Facts & Figures

  • 7,500 Torchbearers
  • Slogan:  Let Everyone Shine
  • 2,018 Support runners
  • Leg 1; Greece
    • 8 Days
  • Leg 2; Republic of Korea
    • 101 Days
    • 17 Cities and Provinces
    • 2,018 km


Read more about the PyeonchChang 2018 Torch Relay on this page.

Rio 2016; Torch Relay Route Greece revealed

The Hellenic Olympic Committee has revealed the route for the Greek leg of the torch relay:

Source: Hellenic Olympic Committee
Source: Hellenic Olympic Committee


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

Day 2: April 22, 2016 Zante – Preveza

Day 3: April 23, 2016 Preveza – Thessaloniki

Day 4: April 24, 2016 Thessaloniki – Alexandroupoli

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)


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)

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