The lighting of the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang

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PYEONGCHANG /South Korea/, February 9. /TASS./ The fire of the XXIII Olympic winter games lit at the Olympic stadium in Pyeongchang during the opening ceremony of the competition.

The right to light a fire Games in 2018 was granted to Kim, the first Korean figure skater to have achieved victories in major international competitions. On account of its gold Olympics 2010 figure skating world Championships (2009, 2013) and silver Games 2014. She has set 11 world records.

The Olympic flame, symbolizing peace and unity is one of the main ceremonial elements of the modern Olympic games. In anticipation of the winter Games in Pyeongchang it was lit in Olympia (Greece) on 24 October 2017 . For eight days the relay passed through the territory of Greece, have become torchbearers 505.

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October 31, 2017, the fire was handed over to representatives of the organizing Committee of the Pyeongchang Games after it moved on the plane in Incheon, where November 1 was launched by the South Korean leg of the relay.

The duration of the relay was 101 days, during which the Olympic flame was carried through nine provinces, eight municipalities and 151 of the County. Selected 7.5 thousand torchbearers overcame a total of 2018 km, the relay was held under the slogan “Let all Shine on”, which, according to the organizers, speaking of the light of the Olympic flame, which brings all people of the world.

Games will end on February 25, a total of 102 will be awarded medals.