In the Greek Olympia the flame of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games was lit!

Today in Greece a solemn ceremony of lighting the flame of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games was held. 2018 Winter Olympic Games will be held in South Korean Pyeongchang from 9 to 25 February. Katerina Lehou, a Greece actor, lit a torch from the rays of the sun at the temple of Hera, Olympia, Peloponnese, using a parabolic mirror, to set off a domestic relay.

The first torchbearer of the 2018 Games was the participant of the Sochi Olympic games, skier Apostolos Angelis. Angelis ran with it for a short distance before passing it on to the former football player Park Ji-Sung from the Republic of Korea. He won the championship of England four times and once won in the Champions League as part of the Manchester United, and with his country’s team he took fourth place at the 2002 World Cup.

Over the following week, the flame will travel around Greece. It will cover 2,129km on Greek territory and will arrive at the Acropolis on 30 October. Some 505 torchbearers will participate in the torch relay. The ceremony to hand over the flame to the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee will be held at the Panathenaic Stadium on 31 October.

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. In these days 7,500 torchbearers will carry the torch through nine South Korean provinces and eight large cities before delivering it at Olympic stadium on February 9. In total the relay will cover a distance of 2,018 km.