Olympic Torch Starts Relay Tour to Pyeongchang

  • By Seok Nam-jun

    November 01, 2017 11:21

    The Olympic flame for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics arrived at Incheon International Airport on Wednesday morning from Greece. It will now travel across the country until Feb. 9, the eve of the opening ceremony.

    The flame will travel 2,018 km in deference to the calendar year of the Olympics, starting from Jeju Island and ending in the host city of Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province.

    Culture and Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan (left) and former figure skater Kim Yu-na hold the Olympic flame in a safe lamp as they alight from a plane at Incheon International Airport on Wednesday, 100 days before of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. /Yonhap

    About 7,500 people will help transport the torch. Figure skater You Young will be the first one to carry it, followed by comedian Yoo Jae-suk, and singer and actress Su-zy.

    Other torchbearers include speed skater Lee Sang-hwa, who is going for her third straight Olympic gold medal in women's 500-m race, football legend Cha Bum-kun and his ex-footballer son Cha Du-ri, Jin Jong-oh, who won three consecutive Olympic gold medals in men's 50-m pistol, retired marathoner Lee Bong-ju, and footballer Yeom Ki-hun. 

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