The Olympic Flame has been in a relay through Greece. (ATR/Panasonic:Lumix) Athens Ceremony for Vancouver Flame
The flame for the Vancouver Olympics is hours away from its journey to Canada.
Since Oct. 22 when the flame was lit in a ceremony in Olympia, the flame has traveled on a relay through Greece staged by the Hellenic Olympic Committee, a first for the Winter Olympics.
Thursday the flame will be brought to the Panathenaic Stadium in the center of Athens for a handover ceremony. Nikki Georgiadis, a Greek Canadian figure skater who hopes to compete in ice dancing, will carry the flame into the stadium at sunset.
Canadian Governor General Michaëlle Jean, VANOC CEO John Furlong and the mayors of Vancouver and Whistler are among the delegation from Canada who will receive the flame at the ceremony.
They will take the flame to Canada aboard a Canadian Defense Forces charter flight, landing almost a day later in Victoria, B.C. for the launch of the domestic relay.