Countdown to the 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympic Games Begins with Olympic Torch Ignition in Athens

olympic torchOctober 3rd in Athens Panathinaiko StadiumWith the ignition at (the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), the final countdown to the 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympic Games has begun.

The torch passing ceremony, in which spectators were allowed for the first time since the outbreak of the infectious disease, was held in a lively atmosphere, and the event was held since 2004. Alexis KostalasIt ended with the progress of .

The priestesses and priestesses dispatched from the temple of Hera in Olympia performed a majestic dance, which was performed by the artist, who has served as artistic director of these events since 2008. Artemis IgnatiouIt was a dance move choreographed by .

A female priest who prayed to Apollo, the sun godXianthi GeorgiouActing A) ignited the flame using sunlight that passed through a concave mirror.

Together with the torch, she carried a laurel branch, which was given to winners of the ancient Olympic Games, and was the first torchbearer, a Greek cross-country and biathlete. Maria BelliI forwarded it to .

Belli, 17 years old, is a promising figure skating figure from Korea who carries the torch. Kim Hyeon-gyeomHe handed it over to a Greek alpine skier. Apostolos Bugiukasand Korean mogul skier Yoon Shin-iI walked around the stadium holding the torch.

The flame was then sealed in a safety lamp to be transported to Korea, and all preparations were completed to depart for Korea as Greek Olympic President Spiros Kapralos officially handed over the flame to Jin Jong-oh, co-chairman of the 2024 Gangwon Organizing Committee.

Chairman Capralos paid tribute to the achievements of former IOC President Jacques Rogge in his congratulatory speech.

The Belgian founder of the Youth Olympic Games and “fulfilled the great task of enabling young people to embrace the values ​​of Olympism through active participation in sport” passed away in August 2021.

Jin Jong-oh, four-time Olympic shooting champion and the most successful Korean in Olympic history, was born in Chuncheon, the seat of the Gangwon Special Self-Governing Province.

“The flame we light together is just the beginning. The flame, which symbolizes friendship, excellence and respect, will travel throughout Korea to inspire young people and communities, while also contributing to the development of promising athletes,” he said. “It is,” he said.

The torch relay, which will last for the next three months, will tour 23 cities, and the Gangwon 2024 Games are scheduled to be held from January 19 to February 1, 2024.

You can see highlights of the ignition ceremony below. Click here to see the full event.

2023-10-03 18:43:22
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