Sunday, 5 November 2017
Winter Olympics 2018
Pyeongchang South Korea
(Not to be confused with Pyongyang, captial of North Korea)
On 24th October the Olympic flame was lit once again and the torch relay began which will end on February 9th in South Korea, only 80kms from its border with the North.
The flame, lit in ancient Olympia at the 2,600 year old Temple of Hera on the 24th, has been carried through Greece to Athens. The official handover ceremony took place in the Panathenaic Stadium. The flame arrived in Korea on 1 November and will have a 2018km journey before reaching Pyeongchang.
Two northern Korean figure skaters will take part in these winter Olympics, along with athletes from 83 other nations, at the moment. The Koreans are calling these games the 'Olympic Games of Peace and Harmony. Lets hope they do take place in peace, friendship and harmony.
Lighting of the flame at Ancient Olympia, the 'priestesses' in their summer gear
The torch relay begins, Korean footballer Park Ji-Sung in his winter garb
I missed all of this. When you avoid the bad news you also miss out on the good news. The week long torch relay went way up into Northern Greece before coming down to Athens and 'overnighting' on the Acropolis.
The torch relay for the 2004 Athens summer Olympics came to Poros and one of our Olympic champions, a local rower, received the flame on behalf of the islanders.
Soohorang, the white tiger, mascot for the Korean Olympics
Sooho is the Korean word for Protection
Mascots for the 2004 Athens summer Olympics
Not many will remember these two