Follow the 2018 Winter Olympic Torch Relay through Korea

The Korean Winter Olympic games are now 100 days away!

The Olympic flame arrived in the city of Incheon on the first of this month where it begins its journey through the country, marking the run up to the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Organisers are hoping the torch relay will generate more excitement and media coverage for the Games, which have failed to grab headlines in a country that is largely known for its political instability.

Spending the next 100 days making its way around 17 cities and provinces across the Republic of Korea, the flame's journey is hoped to help highlight the nation’s rich and diverse culture, whilst enabling people across the world to share in the excitement of the Olympic Torch Relay.

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The torch was first revealed by Kim Yuna, official ambassador for the Games and Magnus Kim, who won Korea’s first gold medal in cross-country skiing at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games. South Korean figure skater You Young will kick off the 2,018 km trip from Incheon. The torch will be seen passing alongside the Busan Bank Eonyang Branch in Ulsan.

All About The Torch

The torch is exactly 700mm in length, representing the altitude of PyeongChang, which is 700 meters above sea level. The white and gold tones of the torch mirrors the main colours of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games Torch Relay, while the five-pronged shape of the flame is based on the Korean symbol for PyeongChang.

The torch has been specifically designed so that the flame will continue to burn, although it will still be watched closely by Torchbearers throughout the event. When wind blows towards the flame, an air-tunnel is created which provides more oxygen, keeping the flame lit throughout the Relay. At the bottom of the torch there is a pentagon shaped hole so that any water can drain to the bottom, ensuring that the flame stays alight in difficult conditions, including heavy winds and snowfall expected in some areas of the country. The five-angled shape represents the spirit of sports, linking religions, cultures, nations, races, and genders.

The Torchbearers

The uniform that will be worn by the torchbearers was also revealed at the One-Year-to-Go Countdown Ceremony. The design combines the white of the Olympic Torch and the classic blue, yellow, black, green, and red from the Olympic Rings.

A total of 7,500 torchbearers will take part in the Olympic Torch Relay. Organisers have ensured an exciting programme of events and activities will be staged each evening in the cities along the route.

The flame will pass through the capital Seoul in January, having not been to the country since the 1988 Summer Olympics. The identity of the final torchbearer, who will have the honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron, will only be revealed on 9 February, the day of the Opening Ceremony for PyeongChang 2018. 

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