The Olympic flame begins its 100 day journey to Paris

Updated on 14/05/2024
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The Olympic flame lit in Olympia in front of the Temple of Hera, April 16, 2024.
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With 100 days to go until the start of the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games on July 26th, the Olympic flame was lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece, on Tuesday, April 16th, 2024. The Paris Mayor, Anne Hidalgo and several French personalities were present for the ceremony.
A symbol of peace, friendship and unity between people of all nations. This simple message was conveyed during the lighting of the Olympic flame in Olympia, Greece, on Tuesday April 16th. This traditional ritual takes place in the sanctuary of Olympia, the birthplace of the Games nearly 3,000 years ago. In front of the Temple of Hera, a high priestess dressed in ancient garb rekindled the flame in a solemn atmosphere. It marks the start of a long journey to Paris.
The Olympic flame lit in Olympia in front of the Temple of Hera, April 16, 2024.
Laure Manaudou, famed Olympic swimmer, took over from Greek rowing champion Stefanos Ntouskos, to become the first flamebearer of the Paris 2024 Olympics. Over the course of her career, she competed at three Olympic Games (Athens, Beijing and London), winning three medals at Athens in 2004.
Before being handed over to France on April 26th in the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, the flame will travel 5,000 km through Greece. It will then board the three-masted ship, the Belem, in Piraeus, arriving in Marseille on May 8th and Paris on July 14th. After criss-crossing France and its overseas territories, it will return to the capital on July 26th for the opening ceremony.

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