The Olympic Flame is the star of the Lausanne 2020 venues!
After Christmas, the Olympic Flame visited the various Lausanne 2020 venues! Following St. Moritz on the 14th December, the Flame then made its way to Champéry on the 27th December, to Les Diablerets on the 28th, to Leysin on the 29th, to Villars on the 30th, to Les Tuffes on the 3rd January, to la Vallée de Joux on the 4th January, and finally to Lausanne on the 6th January!
The Flame has been to the heart of the Swiss Alps, carried by Stéphane Lambiel, the Swiss Figure Skating star who won the silver medal at the Turin 2006 Games and who has also opened a figure skating school in Champéry. The Flame was also carried by Champéry-born Camilla Berra, who competed in Freestyle Skiing at the Sotchi 2014 Games. The Olympic Flame has delighted locals and tourists alike.
Skiers Catherine Borghi and Lise-Marie Morerod lit the Olympic Cauldron in Les Diablerets. Borghi, born and raised in Les Diablerets, competed in Alpine Skiing events at the Nagano 1998 and Salt Lake City 2002 Games, while Morerod, also born in Les Diablerets, competed in Alpine Skiing events at the Innsbruck 1976 Games.
Silvio Giobellina, bronze medallist in the Bobsleigh at the Sarajevo 1984 Games, carried the Lausanne 2020 Olympic Flame to Leysin, Vaud’s home of sport and his hometown, to celebrate the Winter Youth Olympic Games, which will take place from the 9th to the 22nd January 2020, across all of Switzerland and neighbouring parts of France.
Many renowned athletes were in attendance as the Flame arrived at their local ski resort, Villars: Fanny Smith, bronze medallist in Freestyle Skiing at the PyeongChang 2018 Games and Lausanne 2020 ambassador, Jean-Daniel Dätwyler, bronze medallist in Alpine Skiing at the Grenoble 1968 Games, and Robin Tissieres, a young athlete from Neuchâtel, who has qualified for Lausanne 2020 and who will compete in the Ski Cross events at Villars.
The Lausanne 2020 Flame crossed the French-Swiss border to Les Tuffes Nordic Centre at Les Rousses ski resort, where the Ski Jumping, Biathlon and Nordic Combined competitions will all take place. The Flame was delivered to delighted audiences by French Olympic Biathlon, Champion, Anaïs Bescond, who won a gold and two bronze medals at the PyeongChang 2018 Games.
Then, renowned French athletes Vincent Gauthier, Vincent Defrasne, Quentin Fillon Maillet and Thierry Rey took over and carried the Flame to the French-Swiss border, where they passed the Flame to young members of the Vallée de Joux ski club.
Afterwards, Laurence Rochat, bronze medallist in Cross-Country Skiing at the Salt Lake City 2002 Games, Jean-Yves Cuendet, bronze medallist in Nordic Combined at the Lillehammer 1994 Games and Fabrice Piazzini, Ski Jumping competitor at the Sarajevo 1984 and Calgary 1988 Games, all from Vallée de Joux, carried the Flame together to the sports centre in Sentier.
The long Torch Tour ended in Lausanne, the home of the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020, with athletes from Lausanne participating in this final ceremony before the torch relay on the 8th January and the Opening Ceremony on the 9th January. Samantha Dagry, Swiss sprinter from Lausanne-Sports Athlétisme and gold medallist at the 2019 Summer Universiade in Naples, Cristobal Huet, former Lausanne Hockey Club goalkeeper and the first Frenchman to win the Stanley Cup, Noah Bodenstein, a young figure skater who has qualified for YOG Lausanne 2020, and Liliane Brède-Crosa, Olympic figure skater, all lit the Olympic Cauldron to bring an end to the famous Torch Tour.