LAUSANNE, October 31, 2017 – Korean AIPS Executive Committee member Hee Don Jung has had the honor of being a part of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee delegation tasked with transporting the Olympic flame from Athens to PyeongChang for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
After completing a week-long tour of Greece after the lighting of the flame ceremony at the Temple of Hera in Olympia on October 24, the Olympic flame was officially handed over to the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee at the Olympic Stadium in Athens.
Hee Don Jung, who is also first Vice-President of AIPS Asia, reported on the lighting of the flame and the handover ceremony for South Korean television SBS, the host broadcaster for PyeongChang 2018, and had the unique experience of sitting next to the Olympic Flame on its flight from Athens to Seoul.
The flight of the flame
The torch, which is fueled by propane, is known for its relay on foot across Greece and the host country of the Games, but air travel is also a crucial factor.
When the torch is lit, several lanterns are lit from the same source and are the ones that keep the flame alive on the aircraft, where open flame is not allowed and when the torch is extinguished.
The Olympic flame then burns in the enclosed lanterns for the duration of the 8495km Korean Air flight from Athens to Incheon.
The Olympic Torch will now go on a 100-day relay across South Korea ahead of the lighting of the cauldron at next year’s Olympic Winter Games on February 9, 2018.