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PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Torch arrives at Incheon International Airport

PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Torch arrives at Incheon International Airport


It’s already been more than three decades
since Seoul’s hosted the Summer Olympics in 1988. At long last, the Olympic Torch returned to
Korea on Wednesday to great fanfare and much excitement. For more on the arrival ceremony at Incheon
International Airport to the closing event marking a successful first day,… here’s
Lee Ji-won. The Olympic flame is finally in Korea, arriving
at the nation’s main gateway, Incheon International Airport on Wednesday morning. The flame, which was kept in a special safety
lamp to fly more than eight-and-a-half thousand kilometers from Greece,… was brought by
a special delegation that included President and CEO of the PyeongChang 2018 organizing
committee Lee Hee-beom, and Honorary Ambassador and former Olympic figure skating gold medalist,
Kim Yuna. (Kor)
“Delegates and distinguished guests,… now, the Olympic Games have begun. City of PyeongChang and Korea are ready to
welcome people from all around the world.” Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and Kim Yuna lit
up the Olympic Torch and a mini cauldron using the flame from the lamp, signaling the start
of the torch’s journey to the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium. The torch was then brought to Incheon Bridge
to start the relay across the nation. The first torchbearer was Yoo Young, who is
widely tipped to be Korea’s next figure skating star. The next torchbearer was one of Korea’s most
famous TV personalities,… Yoo Jae-suk. Other torchbearers of the day included the
designer of the torch, Kim Young-se, and K-pop star Suzi. Local residents and supporters were also present
at the event, cheering and expressing their support for the upcoming games. (Kor)
“Having participated in this torch relay celebration made me realize that the Winter Olympics is
almost here ” (Kor)
“We’re honored to be a part of the first day of the relay. We hope more people join us in cheering for
PyeongChang 2018.” The last torchbearer of the day, IOC member
Yoo Seung-min, arrived at Moonlight Park in Incheon’s Songdo in the evening, where he
lit up a mini cauldron, marking a successful first day of the torch relay,… which was
then followed by performances and fireworks. (Stp)
“The torch will be taken now to Korea’s southern island of Jeju on Thursday. 7,500 torchbearers will then take turns carrying
the torch all across Korea,.. covering a total distance of exactly 2-thousand-18 kilometers
to arrive at the host city of PyeongChang on February 9th, 2018. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News, Incheon.”

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