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Paris 2024 Olympic Games: At Olympia, an ongoing ritual with a rich history to finally ignite the Olympic flame

In Olympia, hotels coexist with souvenir shops. Every two years, but much more intensely in the year of the Summer Olympic Games, the rather peaceful city wakes up. This Tuesday, April 16, at the end of the morning, the High Priestess will appear on the altar of the Temple of Hera under the gaze of Thomas Bach, head of the International Olympic Committee, and Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024. To ensure its purity, the Olympic flame will be illuminated by the sun’s rays striking the center of a parabolic mirror.

A ritual organized in the U-shaped Antique Stadium, reached by passing the rogue steles erected in honor of Zeus with money from fines imposed on those who did not comply with the rules, and organized this year by Nikos Aliagas. , is unchanged. After the explosion, the flames will be distributed among different lanterns to prevent the slightest accident during its relay. Torch in one hand, olive branch in the other, and the first Greek torchbearer – Stefanos Douskos, Tokyo Olympic rowing champion – will run to the stele that contains the heart of Pierre de Coubertin. He will then pass the baton to Laura Manadou, bearer of the XXXIII Olympiad torch designed by Mathieu Lehanner.

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Source: Le Parisien

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