The Adventure of the Lausanne 2020 Torch continues (03.12-07.12)
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.
Follow the Lausanne 2020 Olympic Torch to the very end of its journey. Its tour of Switzerland is coming to an end and it is then going to visit all the venues for the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games.
The Torch went to Lucerne, where it was carried not just by one famous athlete, but by four, who were greeted by a crowd of children: Michael Schmid, European Champion and Olympian (Rowing, OG London 2016), the Olympian Nadine Fähndrich (Cross-country Skiing, OG Pyeong Chang 2018), the Paralympic Champion Marcel Hug, (Athletics, Paralympic Games, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016) and the Olympic Champion Mario Gyr, (Rowing, OG Rio 2016).
Zoug beat all the records, with seven athletes representing Lausanne 2020 for the lighting of the torch: Patrick Hürlimann (Curling, Olympic champion at Nagano 1998), Marcel Rohner (Bobsleigh, Olympic champion at Nagano 1998), Colette Roth-Brand (Freestyle Skiing, bronze medalist at the OG of Nagano 1998), Michelle Rageth (Freestyle Skiing, multiple Swiss champion), Mike Rageth (Freestyle Skiing, Open Slopestyle 2019 and Swiss Freeski Open Davos Big Air), Valentino Zaetta (Ice Hockey, Swiss champion 2018/19, national team U16) and Simon Niepmann (Rowing, OG London 2012 and Olympic champion at Rio 2016; he also carried the Lausanne 2020 Olympic torch at Sarnen).
At Schwytz, it was the turn of Thomas Pfyl (Alpine Skiing, silver and bronze medalist at the Paralympic OG of Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010), Martin Annen (Bobsleigh, bronze medalist at the OG of Salt Lake City 2002 and Turin 2006), Elena Schütz (Snowboarding, World Rookie Tour U18, Elite Audi Snowboard Series Grindelwald), Urs Kälin (Alpine Skiing, double World Champion and silver medalist at the OG of Lillehammer in 1994) and Franz Heinzer (Alpine Skiing, OG Calgary 1988, Albertville 1992 and Lillehammer 1994). They all chatted with the many children who were present. Many thanks to them!
The Journey of the Flame will continue on the 9th of December in Glaris (Rathaus Platz, 9:30-11:30), the 12th of December in Coire (Kornplatz, 9:30-11:30), the 13th and 14th of December in St. Moritz (Park Rosatsch, 16:00-20:00 and 17:00-20:00).