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Greece Hands Over Olympic Flame to Beijing 2022 Organizers

Greece handed over the Olympic flame for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 to its organizers during a ceremony in the historic Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Tuesday. The ceremony, which took place 24 hours after the lighting of the...

Olympic Flame Begins Journey from Ancient Olympia to the Beijing Winter Games

The Olympic flame lighting ceremony took place in ancient Olympia on Monday ahead of the Beijing Winter Games, which will run from Feb. 4-20. At the ancient Temple of Hera, up to 30 priestesses or ‘Caryatids Kores’ performed a series...

Greece Mourns Legendary High Priestess of the Olympic Flame Ceremony

Maria Moscholiou, the legendary High Priestess of the Olympic Flame ceremony at Ancient Olympia, has died in Athens. Moscholiou supervised the dramatic Lighting Ceremonies four times in total -- in 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980. She was presented with the City...

Olympic Flame in Limbo After Tokyo Games Postponed

The Tokyo Olympic flame was taken off public display in Japan on Wednesday after it had arrived from Greece on March 26 in great anticipation for the Olympic Games, which were expected to take place this summer. The Tokyo Olympics,...

Olympic Flame Handover for Tokyo Games Held at Empty Panathenaic Stadium

The Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games was held without spectators on Thursday in Athens in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak. This marks the first time in history that event has taken place without spectators. The...

Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony Held in Ancient Olympia

The Olympic Flame lighting ceremony was held Thursday in Olympia, Greece, without spectators due to coronavirus concerns. The flame lighting ceremony, always held in the ancient Olympic site of Olympia, was attended by 100 accredited guests from the International Olympic...

Greece Bans Spectators at Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony Due to Coronavirus Fears

The Lighting Ceremony for the Olympic Flame will be held this year without the presence of spectators, the Hellenic Olympic Committee announced on Monday. The Committee's statement said "The Hellenic Olympic Committee held a meeting today regarding the Lighting Ceremony...

Actor Gerard Butler Announced as Sparta's Olympic Flame Torchbearer

Well-known Scottish actor Gerard Butler, who played the role of King Leonidas of Sparta in the movie "300," will return to Sparta, Greece for a series of events to celebrate the 2,500-year anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae. Among the other...

Tokyo 2020: Details of Olympic Flame Ceremonies in Greece Revealed

All the details concerning the Olympic Flame and Torch Relay Ceremonies, which will take place in Greece in March, were presented on Monday at a special informational event held at the Hellenic Olympic Committee in Athens. It was disclosed there...

Olympic Torch Handed Over to Pyoengchang for Winter Games

The Olympic torch was formally handed over from Greece to Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games organizers on Tuesday, in a simple ceremony. Under overcast skies at the Panathenaic Stadium that hosted the first modern Olympics in 1896, the torch was...