Youth Olympic flame heats up the sea
Buenos Aires, August 6. The Torch Tour made its second stop. After starting the trip in La Plata, the caravan continued on to Mar del Plata, an emblematic city on Argentina’s Atlantic Coast.
Six Argentine surfers carried out a symbolic relay at the Playa Grande: Franco Radziunas, Martin Passeri, Maxi Prenski, Josefina Ané, Catalina Merceré and Marcelo Rodríguez.
The first to carry the Buenos Aires 2018 torch was Ané, an Argentine surf champion. She was in charge of passing the torch to Rodriguez, from the city of Trelew in Chubut province, who then climbed on his board and went out in the water with the sacred flame. He was followed by Passeri, a 43-year-old a surf protagonist at the World and Latin American surf championships.
The last leg of the symbolic relay was in the hands of Catalina Merceré, winner of the Argentine 2018 junior championship, who came out of the water to hand over the torch to Radziunas, the last torchbearer.
“It was a big honour for me to have carried the Olympic flame”, said Martin Passeri, one of the most experienced surfers in Argentina, who also highlighted how the discipline will makes its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.
“That this symbolic relay has taken place at the beach where we train every day was really special”, added the five-time Argentine champion.
After warming up the Argentine Sea, the sacred flame continued on to the city’s famous coastal walkway.
Another symbolic relay was held at the Sea Lion Monument, an icon of the seaside city, with the presence of Belén Casetta, an Olympic athlete who participated in the 3000m steeplechase at Rio 2016, and Nahuel Schelling Quevedo, a young athlete who will compete in roller speed skating at Buenos Aires 2018.
“It’s a wonderful feeling that the flame has stopped in Mar del Plata. I hope that all the athletes who are going to participate in the Youth Olympic Games can enjoy the experience because it only happens once in a lifetime”, said Casetta, who participated in the first edition of the Games at Singapore 2010.
The Youth Olympic flame has lit up another Argentine city. It already stopped in La Plata. Now, Mar del Plata. Tomorrow it will arrive in Rosario.
About the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 Torch Tour, presented by Toyota and Río Uruguay Seguros
The Buenos Aires 2018 youth Olympic flame was lit on July 24 at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece. Under the slogan #UnitedByTheFlame, the Torch Tour will cover 14,000 kilometres in two months, carrying Olympism’s message to every corner of Argentina. During its journey there will be relays in 17 cities. It will also highlight various iconic geographical sites in Argentina such as Iguazu Falls and the Perito Moreno Glacier. Its trip will finish on October 6 in the first Olympic opening ceremony outside of tradition stadiums and open to all public in front of the Obelisk in downtown Buenos Aires.
About the Youth Olympic Games
The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is an international, multi-sport event for young athletes aged 15-18 with an educative and cultural nature that aims to foster the Olympic values in youth.
The event, which takes place every four years (in its two versions, winter and summer, that alternate every two years), is promoted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games will be held from October 6 -18 with the participation of 4012 athletes from 206 countries