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Greece Gears Up for Revamped Olympic Flame-Lighting Ceremony

The Olympic flame-lighting ceremony at Ancient Olympia next month, starting the Olympic Torch Relay that will usher in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, is to feature several changes, including a new High Priestess, redesigned costumes and a new composer. The...

Special Olympics 2023 ‘Flame of Hope’ Lit in Athens

The ‘Flame of Hope’ was lit on Wednesday and presented to officials and athletes of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 in two separate special events, one at Zappeion Hall and another in the grounds of the German...

Olympic Flame for the Paris Games to Sail on a Masted Ship from Greece

The Olympic Flame for the 2024 Paris Games will take to the seas from its birthplace in Greece, arriving aboard a three-masted tall ship in the French port of Marseille. Paris organizers announced the flame’s journey on Friday at City...

Ancient Olympia Soil Sent to France for the Paris Olympic Games

Paris is in the final stretch for the 2024 Olympic Games, and, for symbolic reasons, French officials have turned to ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Greece. Representatives of France’s Terre de Jeux 2024 collected soil from...

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...