The Flame continues its journey! (04.11-09.11)
On September 17th, the Lausanne 2020 Olympic flame was lit during a traditional ignition ceremony in the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. The flame returned to Switzerland, where it embarked on a tour stopping in each of the 26 cantons of the country before returning to Lausanne for a tradition torch relay in the Olympic Capital, in the lead up to the Opening Ceremony of the Games on January 9th, 2020.
The Flame travelled to the North-West of Switzerland, making four stops along the way during the week of November 4, to meet scores of school children from the different Swiss cantons.
The first stop was Porrentruy, in the Jura, where Justine and Sarah Forster, two sisters with Olympic medals in Ice hockey (Justine at the Lillehammer 2016 YOG, Sarah at the Sotchi 2014 OG), lit the Olympic cauldron together.
Justine Forster, the younger of the two, talked about her experience at the Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games three years ago: «They prepare us for our career, it’s a real springboard for an athlete.»
Her big sister Sarah, who experienced the traditional Games, Sochi and PyeongChang, felt honoured to carry a symbol as meaningful as the Olympic Flame: «There’s a lot of emotion, it represents a great deal for me.»
On Wednesday November 6, the Neuchâtel natives Denis Oswald (triple Olympian in rowing, Olympic medallist and member of the IOC executive commission) and Robin Cuche (Alpine skiing, Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games, 2017 Neuchâtel Sportsman) had the opportunity to make the eyes of the many children in attendance shine.
Lucas Tramèr, Olympic Rowing Champion (Rio 2016) and multiple World Champion, brought the Flame to Basel the next day, surrounded by the famous mascot Yodli and hundreds of children.
Finally, on Saturday, in Solothurn, the Olympic Flame was carried by Mike Kurt (canoe slalom). The triple Olympian (2004, 2008, 2012) shared his sporting experience with the large crowd, as well as his involvement as a former athlete, and now a member of the Swiss Olympic Executive Committee.
The Journey of the Flame will continue on the 11th of November in Bern (Weisenhausplatz, 9.30-11.30), on the 12th of November in Oberhofen (Schiffstation Oberhofen, 14.00-16.00), on the 14th of November in Fribourg (Place Georges-Python, 10.00-12.00) and on November 16th in Sion (Place du Midi, 12.00-14.00).