Flame in S Korea for 2018 Games

Flame in S Korea for 2018 Games

INCHEON, South Korea
Flame in S Korea for 2018 Games

The Olympic flame arrived in South Korea yesterday, 100 days ahead of the opening ceremony for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games.

South Korean Olympic gold-winning figure skater Kim Yu-Na and the country’s sports minister carried the flame, in a white security lamp, down the steps at Incheon airport after a flight from Greece. It had been kindled from the sun’s rays in a ceremony at the ancient Temple of Hera in Olympia.

“Today is a very important and proud symbol of our work and passion in bringing one of the most exciting sporting events ever to our country,” said chief organiser Lee Hee-Beom.

“We want the Olympic torch relay to connect you to the Games, and ignite passion and excitement in every corner of Korea,” Lee said. The 2,018-kilometer torch relay was led off by 13-year-old figure skater You Young - although she is too young to compete in the Games - who jogged past hundreds of cameras wearing a “1” tag on her chest. A total of 7,500 torchbearers will carry the flame, symbolizing the 75 million people who live on both sides of the divided Korean peninsula.

The Games will be held from February 9 to 25, but have been marred by slow ticket sales and the looming menace of North Korea, just 80 kilometers away from Pyeongchang across the Demilitarized Zone.

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