The Flame continues to burn through the canton of Vaud (30.09.-04.10)
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.
After an emotional first week that has seen a bunch of top-notch athletes, the second week turned out to be full of surprises too.
Starting with Payerne on September 30 where two generations of judokas, Olympians Juliane Robra (London 2012) and Eric Hänni (Tokyo 1964 silver medalist), inspired young and old alike.
To celebrate the 100 days to go of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games on 1st October, three great Swiss and French athletes took the Flame to Aigle, thus representing the two host nations united. Lausanne 2020, the first binational games in the history of the Olympics! Ski cross specialist Emilie Serain (Vancouver 2010), Olympic champion in Biathlon the French Vincent Defrasne (2002, 2006, 2010), and triple Paralympic champion in Alpine Skiing Théo Gmür (PyeongChang 2018) lit the cauldron in Aigle, at the bottom of the Vaud Alps stations that will host numerous events during the Games.
The next day in Ollon, it was the turn of the world champion and Olympic triathlon medalist Magali di Marco Messmer to bring the Flame amidst the cheers of the students and many spectators.
On October 3rd, the Olympic Flame stopped at the University of Lausanne (UNIL), a few meters from the Youth Olympic Village. Rower and student at UNIL Augustin Maillefer (Singapore 2010, London 2012, Rio 2016) had the honor of carrying the Flame in front of the students and staff members of the University of Lausanne and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne.
To wrap up this splendid week, the Flame went to Echallens where snowboarder Pat Burgener (PyeongChang 2018), badminton specialist Sabrina Jaquet (London 2012, Rio 2016) and Greek skier Maria Ntanou (2010, 2018) shared with the kids their passion for sport.
Come and see the Olympic Flame this week, from 7th October to 13th Octobre au Château d'Oex (07.10, 09h-11h30, Collège Henchoz) ; Prilly (08.10, 09h30-11h30, Vaudoise Aréna) ; Renens (08.10, 14h-16h, Vaudoise Aréna); Bourg en Lavaux (10.10, 09h30-11h30, Collège du Verney), et Musée Olympique (Lausanne) (13.10, 16h-17h, Esplanade Musée Olympique).