Slovenian Torch Hitting The Road
Exactly one month before the ceremonial opening of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, the Slovenian Olympic Committee lit the Slovenian torch. The torch will make stop in eight Slovenian cities, and the tour will end at the official presentation of the Olympic team on January 29 at the Grand Hotel Union in Ljubljana.
The purpose of the project is for the Olympic torch to travel throughout Slovenia and to create an Olympic atmosphere before the start of the Olympic Games in South Korea. At the same time, top sportsmen and Olympic athletes will take part in carrying the torch across Slovenia, together with the fans.
The torch was lit front of the Slovenian Olympic Education Center in Ljubljana. Until the 29 January, when the torch will finish its tour at the Grand Hotel Union, where Slovenian Olympic team will be officially presented, the torch will visit cities: Mojstrana, Tržič, Celje, Velenje, Maribor and Črno na Koroškem. These places were chosen by the OCS, as they have a rich Olympic tradition. Any place where the torch makes a stop, the attention will be drawn to the Olympians born in that place, which made an important mark in the Slovenian Olympic history.
In addition to the visit of the Olympians with the torch, an accompanying program will also be available for the youngest. There will be various Olympic activities for children, such as Olympic quiz where the project will be presented, chat with the Olympians and collecting good wishes for Slovenian athletes who are preparing for the upcoming Winter Olympics.
At the presentation of the Olympic team members, the flame will be handed over to the Olympic hockey player Tomaž Razingar, who will accompany the torch along the entire route across Slovenia. Razingar was the flag carrier at the last Winter Olympics in Sochi.
"In order to promote the sport, we will be able to raise the Olympic atmosphere, only 30 days before the start of the Olympic Games. I hope that all of Slovenia will be breathing together with athletes", said Razingar, before starting the way of the Slovenian Olympic torch in Slovenia.
The torch relay was also attended by former skier Petra Majdič, former Alpine skier Petra Robnik and other Ljubljana Olympians, President of the Serbian Olympic Committee Bogdan Gabrovec and the president of the Slovenian Olympic Academy Miro Cerar, who received a special Olympic certificate from the International Olympic Committee.
News and photo source: Olympic.si