St. Moritz welcomes the Olympic Flame for the first time since 1948
The FIS Women's World Cup weekend in St. Moritz was the first time the Olympic Flame returned to the Grisons resort since the 1948 Winter Olympic Games. The flame was carried by the delegation of the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 (YOG), represented by its president, freestyle ski champion Virginie Faivre. In less than a month, St. Moritz will host the Winter Youth Olympic Games competitions of bobsleigh, luge, skeleton and speed skating.
The FIS year-end meeting in St. Moritz was an opportunity for the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee to present the Olympic flame to the international media who were present this weekend in the Grisons resort. Accompanied by Swiss skier and Olympic champion Sandro Viletta, the flame then made a public appearance at Park Rostasch, where the special Olympic Flame show will be held tomorrow from 5pm.
For the first time since the 1948 Winter Olympic Games, St. Moritz will host Olympic competitions, a milestone in the Olympic history of the Grisons resort and Switzerland. Next January, the Grisons resort will host the bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton events of Lausanne 2020 on the legendary Olympia Bob Run. It will also host the speed skating competitions on its frozen lake. This promises to be a particularly breathtaking sight.
By hosting the worlds’ best young athletes (15-18 years old); the Winter Youth Olympic Games aims to be an incubator for the sport of tomorrow. As such, Lausanne 2020 has been searching, since its beginnings, for innovative solutions to stage the competitions. Therefore, the committee chose to come to St. Moritz not only to promote - if it was really necessary - the only all-natural bobsleigh run in the world, but also to organise the speed skating competitions to be held in the open air, on the local frozen lake. This is a return to its roots for this winter sport, and an important symbolic message from the organisers of their desire to promote the use of intelligent and sustainable solutions for future sporting events.
The competitions in St. Moritz will take place from January 12 to 20.