Here’s a frustrating fact: the Olympic torch relay has never been started by a female athlete.
Thankfully, that’s about to change, with the announcement of Rio de Janeiro gold medalist Anna Korakaki as the starting athlete for the torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Announced by Greece’s Hellenic Olympic Committee on Thursday, Korakaki will take the first leg of the relay, which begins, as per tradition, with a flame lighting ceremony on March 12 in Olympia, Greece, the ancient site which hosted the original Games.
The flame is still lit by means of a traditional ceremony at the Temple of Hera, where a modern high priestess uses just the sun and a parabolic mirror to ignite it. Fittingly, Hera is the Greek queen of the gods, and seen as the goddess of women. Read more…