The Lighting of the Olympic Flame for PyeongChang 2018

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 19:20

The Lighting ceremony of the Olympic Flame for the XXIII winter Olympic Games “PyeongChang 2018” will be held tomorrow, October 24, at 12.00 at the ancient stadium of Olympia.
During a meeting that took place earlier today, the Hellenic Olympic Committee unanimously decided that the ceremony would be held tomorrow at the ancient stadium as usually despite bad weather forecast. Of course minor changes in the programme of the ceremony are likely to be made.
The dress rehearsal of the Lighting ceremony was held this morning with great success and under great weather conditions.

Τhe programme of the Lighting Ceremony

11:45 - Closing time for the VIP attendance
12:00 - Opening of the Ceremony
- Olympic Rings: a synthesis
- Olympic Anthem – Hoisting of the Olympic Flag
- National Anthem of the Republic of Korea – Hoisting of the Flag of the Republic of Korea
- 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 2018” 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