7 Updates
Greek skier first torchbearer for Winter Olympics
Photo Credit: FABRICE COFFRINI, Getty Images

Greek skier first torchbearer for Winter Olympics

Sep 20 2013, 7:06am CDT | by IANS

Lausanne (Switzerland), Sep 20 (IANS) Greek Alpine skier Ioannis Antoniou has been named as the first torchbearer of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay.

Lausanne (Switzerland), Sep 20 — Greek Alpine skier Ioannis Antoniou has been named as the first torchbearer of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay. The 18-year-old will carry the torch once it has...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

Greek skier first torchbearer for Winter Olympics

Sep 20 2013, 7:06am CDT | by IANS

Lausanne (Switzerland), Sep 20 (IANS) Greek Alpine skier Ioannis Antoniou has been named as the first torchbearer of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay.

Lausanne (Switzerland), Sep 20 — Greek Alpine skier Ioannis Antoniou has been named as the first torchbearer of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay.

The 18-year-old will carry the torch once it has been lit at a special lighting ceremony, which will take place in Ancient Olympia Sep 29. The ceremony will see several 'priestesses' perform a traditional celebration at the Temple of Hera in which the torch will be kindled by the light of the sun using a parabolic mirror.

The torch will then begin its journey to the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Games, which will be held Feb 7.

Antoniou, who hopes to compete at the Winter Games in Sochi, has been skiing since he was just four years old when he was encouraged to take up the sport by his parents, who are both physical education professors.

He has been a member of the Greek national ski team since 2011 and competed at the FIS World Junior Alpine Skiing Championships in 2012 before representing his country at the 2013 FIS World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming, Austria.

Once the Olympic flame reaches Russia Oct 7, the relay will travel approximately 65,000km around the country, making it the longest in the Winter Games history, as it visits more than 2,900 towns and settlements, carried by more than 14,000 bearers.

"The Olympic Torch Relay is one of the most important and magical Olympic occasions," explains Dmitry Chernyshenko, president and CEO of Sochi 2014. "It continues the build-up of excitement ahead of the Games and, as well as spreading the Olympic values to the whole country. We will be creating, as a nation, an important part of Russian history."

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
7

3 days ago

Chemmy Alcott would defect to an independent Scotland for next Winter Olympics

Sep 17 2014 1:30am CDT | Source: Telegraph

Chemmy Alcott, the retired Olympic alpine skier, says she hopes to compete in a category of winter sport for Scotland if it the country goes independen ...
Source: Telegraph   Full article at: Telegraph
 

 
Update
6

1 week ago

Oslo 2022 has already spent $27m on struggling bid to host winter Olympics

Sep 12 2014 7:20am CDT | Source: Sportcal.com

Oslo 2022 has already spent $27m on struggling bid to host winter Olympics ...
Source: Sportcal.com   Full article at: Sportcal.com
 

 
Update
5

1 week ago

Russian athletes admit Xenon doping at Winter Olympics

Sep 9 2014 7:00pm CDT | Source: The Irish Times - Sport

Drug has same effect as outlawed EPO which boosts oxygen-carrying blood cells ...
Source: The Irish Times - Sport   Full article at: The Irish Times - Sport
 

 
Update
4

4 weeks ago

 
Update
3

8 weeks ago

Norwegian employers' body joins workers' union in backing Oslo bid for winter Olympics

Jul 23 2014 6:17am CDT | Source: Sportcal.com

Norwegian employers' body joins workers' union in backing Oslo bid for wint ...
Source: Sportcal.com   Full article at: Sportcal.com
 

 
Update
1

8 weeks ago

KOC president to take over as interim chief of PyeongChang 2018 after Kim's abrupt resignation

Jul 23 2014 6:08am CDT | Source: Sportcal.com

KOC president to take over as interim chief of PyeongChang 2018 after Kim's abru ...
Source: Sportcal.com   Full article at: Sportcal.com
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Indian rowers qualify for Asiad final
Incheon, Sep 20 (IANS) The Indian rowing teams of Dung Dung Sanjukta-Pratap Tarunikha and Roopendra Singh-Manjeet Singh qualified for the final rounds of the women's pair and lightweight men's double sculls, respectively, at the Chungju Tangeum Lake Rowing Center at the Asian Games here Saturday.
 
 
Asian Games: Indian hoopsters thrash Palestine
Incheon, Sep 20 (IANS) Indian men's basketball team registered a facile 89-49 win over Palestine in their opening Group B match of the 17th Asian Games at the Hwaseong Sports Complex Gymnasium here Saturday.
 
 
Men spikers win, women lose at Asiad
Incheon, Sep 20 (IANS) The Indian men's volleyball team got off to a brilliant start by notching up a 3-1 win over Hong Kong in their opening Group C game at the Asian Games here Saturday.
 
 
West Indies top ICC Women's Championship table
Dubai, Sep 20 (IANS) The West Indies moved to the top of the ICC Women's Championship table after beating New Zealand 4-0 in the just-concluded bilateral One-Day International (ODI) series with left-arm spinner Anisa Mohammed climbing to the second spot on the bowlers's charts in the latest rankings released Saturday.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Pakistan facing over 6,000 MW power shortfall
Islamabad, Sep 20 (IANS) Pakistan is facing an electricity shortfall of over 6,000 MW, with many parts of Punjab province witnessing outages of 20 hours a day. Un-announced load shedding in small and rural cities of...
Read more on Business Balla
 
New Zealand opposition leader concedes defeat in elections
Wellington, Sep 20 (IANS) David Cunliffe, leader of New Zealand's main opposition Labour Party Saturday, conceded defeat in the general election. Cunliffe said in a televised address to party faithful that he had...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Xi's Asia trip new chapter for China's diplomacy: Minister
Beijing, Sep 20 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visits to India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Tajikistan opened a new chapter for China's neighbourhood diplomacy, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Asian Games: Indian hoopsters thrash Palestine
Incheon, Sep 20 (IANS) Indian men's basketball team registered a facile 89-49 win over Palestine in their opening Group B match of the 17th Asian Games at the Hwaseong Sports Complex Gymnasium here Saturday. In a...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Men spikers win, women lose at Asiad
Incheon, Sep 20 (IANS) The Indian men's volleyball team got off to a brilliant start by notching up a 3-1 win over Hong Kong in their opening Group C game at the Asian Games here Saturday. Playing at the Ansan...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
West Indies top ICC Women's Championship table
Dubai, Sep 20 (IANS) The West Indies moved to the top of the ICC Women's Championship table after beating New Zealand 4-0 in the just-concluded bilateral One-Day International (ODI) series with left-arm spinner Anisa...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Pakistani plane carrying 47 people grounded after bird hit
Islamabad, Sep 20 (IANS) A Lahore-bound Pakistani flight carrying 47 passengers had to be grounded here Saturday when it was hit by a bird shortly after taking off. The incident occurred with Pakistan International...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
BJP leaders discuss Tamil issues with Rajapaksa in Colombo
Colombo, Sep 20 (IANS) A wide range of issues, particularly relating to ethnic Tamils of Sri Lanka, came up for discussion during a meeting of senior BJP leaders Muralidhar Rao and Vijay Jolly with Sri Lankan President...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Pakistan to get 160 IED-resistant vehicles from US
Islamabad, Sep 20 (IANS) The US government will give 160 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, and spare and repair parts worth 198 million dollars to Pakistan, a media report said Saturday. The US State...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Indian track cyclists fail to qualify (Roundup)
Incheon, Sep 20 (IANS) Indian track cyclists - both men's and women's teams - failed to qualify for their sprint finals at the Incheon International Velodrome in the 17th Asian Games here Saturday. In the men's...
Read more on Sport Balla