The Youth Olympic Flame hits the streets of the Olympic Capital on Wednesday for the final Torch Relay

200 runners, 20.20 kilometres through the streets of the city: on Wendesday, 8 January, the Olympic Capital will experience a great moment in its history during the final relay of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Flame. This symbolic and traditional event will be the last public appearance of the olympic flame before the lighting of the Olympic cauldron the following day during the Opening Ceremony - which will mark the official opening of the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games.

On 8 January, the people of Switzerland, French-speaking Switzerland (“Romandie”), the canton of Vaud and Lausanne will be called upon to celebrate the 200 runners who will relay the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic torch in the streets of the Olympic Capital.

This relay, an Olympic tradition dating back almost a century and a universal symbol of peace and unity between peoples, will mark the end of the journey of the flame, which has crossed all of Switzerland since 19 September, the day after its traditional lighting in Athens, Greece. 

The relay will take place in two phases, on two distinct routes, the first down town in the morning (Route 1 - from 9.00 to 12.00: Vallée de la Jeunesse, UNIL, Vidy/CIO, Ouchy, Olympic Museum) and the other in the city centre in the afternoon (Route 2, from 15.00 to 16.00: Place Centrale, St-François, Rue de Bourg, Bessières, Cathédrale/Cité, Riponne, Place de la Palud) - see infographics below.

The 200 runners have been selected from among the sports associations and clubs in the canton of Vaud as well as schools, colleges and academic institutions that have contributed to the organisation of Lausanne 2020. Apprentices from Lausanne 2020 partner companies will also be in the spotlight, as well as sports personalities. In addition, independent individuals have been selected following a process set up by the organising committee.

The Lausanne 2020 team hopes that many will come out to celebrate this great moment, the last stage before the opening of the Winter Youth Olympic Games the following day.

Practical information

Route 1:

  • Departure: Vallée de la Jeunesse, from 8.50 am (effective departure of the first relay at 9.00 am)
  • Key sectors and approximate times of passages: see visual below 
  • Last relay and lighting of the symbolic cauldron: Olympic Museum, around 12.00 pm.

Route 2:

  • Departure: Place Centrale, 3:00 pm
  • Last relay and lighting of the symbolic basin: Place de la Palud, between 3:50 and 4:00 pm.