The Flame ends its Tour of the Canton of Vaud (07.10-13.10)
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.
Last week, the Youth Olympic Flame travelled its final kilometres (for the time being) through the Canton of Vaud. If you missed it, you will have to follow it into German-speaking Switzerland or await its return, as of December 28th, for its tour of the Lausanne 2020 venues.
The Flame started its week with a stopover at Château d’Oex. The skier Erika Hess, an Olympic Games bronze medallist at Lake Placid (1980), passed through a crowd of pupils at Henchoz College carrying the Flame.
The next stage of the journey was to the newly opened ice rink, the Vaudoise Arena, where the Olympic Flame was hosted by pupils from Prilly and Renens in turn, this time carried by the great tennis champion and Olympic medal winner, Timea Bacsinszky.
The next day, the Olympians Anne-Sophie Thilo (sailing) and Pamela Fischer (synchronized swimming) made pupils of classes from Bourg-en-Lavaux starry-eyed from gazing at the Flame.
For the opening of Olympic Week, which began on Sunday, October 13th, and goes on until Thursday, October 17th, at the lakeside in front of the Olympic Museum, it was the President of Lausanne 2020 and freestyle ski champion Virginie Faivre who carried the Flame, along with the Head of the education project for Paris 2024, the French basketball Olympic medallist, Emmeline Ndongue.
After this initial tour of Vaud, The Journey of the Flame will continue on October 28thin Geneva (Plaine de Plainpalais, 9.30 to 11.30 am) and on October 31stin Zurich (Hall, Central Station, 16.00-18.00).