Greek ski champion to be 1st torchbearer of PyeongChang Winter Olympic flame

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-17 22:24:06|Editor: Zhou Xin
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By Maria Spiliopoulou

ATHENS, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Greek cross country ski and biathlon champion Apostolos Angelis will be the first torchbearer of the Olympic Flame which will be burning for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) announced on Tuesday.

Angelis, 24, who will compete in the February Games in South Korea, will receive the flame from a Greek actress who will hold the role of the ancient Greek High Priestess during the lighting ceremony on October 24 in ancient Olympia.

The Olympic flame will be lit from the sunrays at the ruins of the temple of Hera at the birthplace of the Olympic Games 2,500 years ago.

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-Yon, the President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach, and other officials will attend the ceremony, according to an e-mailed HOC press release.

"It is a great honor for me to be chosen as the first torchbearer for the Winter Olympic Games of 2018. It is truly a unique moment that I am looking forward to. I feel very proud and with a unique sense of happiness," Angelis said.

The symbol of the Olympism, will cover 2.129 kilometers on Greek territory and will arrive at the Acropolis hill on October 30.

On October 31 during a handover ceremony at Panathenaic stadium, the venue of the first modern 1896 Olympics, Greece will pass the flame to the Organizing Committee "PyeongChang 2018."