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PyeongChang Olympic torch relay start date set for Olympia

Lighting Ceremony Of The Olympic Flame

ATHENS, GREECE - MAY 10: High Priestess Ino Menegaki lights the London 2012 Olympic Torch during the Lighting Ceremony of the Olympic Flame at Ancient Olympia on May 10, 2012 in Olympia, Greece. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

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The PyeongChang Olympic torch relay will begin Oct. 24 with the ceremonial flame lighting in Olympia, Greece, the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games.

Spyros Capralos, president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, tweeted the date last week. It was confirmed by Inside the Games, which reported the flame will spend one week in Greece before a handover ceremony at the 1896 Athens Olympic Stadium on October 31.

The torch relay will head from Greece to South Korea, including 7,500 torch bearers, and conclude with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron at the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9.

An Olympic star from the host nation typically is one of the first torch bearers in Olympia. For Sochi 2014, Alex Ovechkin skipped the Washington Capitals’ final preseason game to take part.

PyeongChang 2018 has not released details of its torch relay.

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