The Lausanne 2020 Torch Tour
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.
All the stages of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Flame
You can find all the steps with dates and times at this link.
The Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Flame lit in Athenes
The torch lighting ceremony preceding any Olympic torch relay is one of the most symbolic Olympic events. On September 17th, it was Lausanne 2020’s turn to step into the spotlight as its Olympic flame was lit, marking the beginning of its journey from Athens, Greece to Lausanne, Switzerland. During the ceremony, a crowd of 1’400 kids from local schools as well as representatives from the Hellenic Olympic Committee watched as the flame was lit using the rays of the sun, as was done for the ancient Olympic Games. More information
The Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympics Flame arrives in Switzerland!
Following the traditional lighting ceremony in Athens, Greece, the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Flame arrived in Geneva International Airport on September 18th, its first stop in Switzerland before the start of the first ever bi-national Youth Olympic Games’ Torch Tour which starts in Lausanne on September 21st. On this occasion, representatives from the Canton of Vaud, the Canton of Geneva, the Cities of Lausanne and Geneva, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Lausanne 2020, Swiss Olympic, Geneva International Airport and SWISS were present to welcome the Flame.
The arrival of the Youth Olympic Flame at Geneva International Airport marked a historic moment in Switzerland’s Olympic history and the first milestone on its journey across the nation. More information
3’000 schoolchildren gather to celebrate Lausanne 2020
An extraordinary gathering took place on September 19th at the Stade Pierre-de-Coubertin in Lausanne. Over 3,000 students and 400 guests gathered to celebrate the Canton of Vaud around the theme “One Lausanne 2020 flag in each municipality of Vaud”. For this event, each municipality was invited to come to Lausanne with one representative of their Municipality and to nominate two students to bring their municipal flag to this ceremony and to return home with the Lausanne 2020 flag. A total of 612 students participated in this symbolic exchange.
The Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Flame also made a surprise appearance, brought to the stadium by four young athletes, just a few days before the torch leaves for its journey around Switzerland. More information
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