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PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Flame-Lighting Ceremony takes place in Ancient Olympia, Greece.

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Location: Olympia, Greece

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The Olympic flame-lighting ceremony for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 took place today in Ancient Olympia, Greece. It marks the start of an incredible journey that will bring the Olympic spirit to the Republic of Korea and its citizens, and inspire the entire world.

The Olympic Torch Relay starts the final countdown to one of the greatest athletic and cultural events in the world. Taking place as it does against the backdrop of Olympia, the Olympic flame-lighting ceremony serves more than any other tradition to connect the modern Games with their ancient origins and – like the messengers who proclaimed the sacred Olympic truce – the runners who carry the Olympic flame will carry the message of the Olympic values on their journey.

As a symbol of the good that the Olympic Games can do to bring the world together, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, alongside a number of National Olympic Committee (NOC) leaders, took part in the ceremony to show their support for the Games, which will begin on 9 February next year.

Download > HERE NEWS ACCESS RULES APPLICABLE TO THE OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY OF THE XXIII OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES, PYEONGCHANG 2018

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SOUNDBITES Denis Masseglia, President of the NOC of France. (FRENCH LANGUAGE)

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SOUNDBITES Lawrence F. Probst III, President of the NOC of the USA (ENGLISH LANGUAGE)

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SOUNDBITES Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the NOC of Japan (JAPANESE LANGUAGE)

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