The Olympic Flame for the European Youth
Olympic Festival was lit in a traditional ceremony in Athens on Thursday
The President of the Hellenic Olympic
Committee, Mr. Spyros Capralis gave the torch to Mr. Timo P. Nieminen,
Mayor of the City of Tampere and Mr. Pekka P. Paavola, Chairman of the
In Tampere, a short ceremony was held on Monday 8 June, when the 17-year-old athlete Lotta Harala ran with the torch to the stairs of the City Hall and was photographed with Mayor Nieminen and Mr. Paavola.
- This is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, because the Olympic Flame was burning in Tampere in 1952 for the last time at the Helsinki Olympic Games, as some football matches were played here.
- We who followed that simple but impressive
ceremony at the Old Olympic Stadium in Athens will never forget it,
Lotta Harala, Mayor of Tampere Timo p. Nieminen and Chair of the EYOF Organising Committee Pekka P. Paavola with the Olympic torch
Local skills in the spotlight in the
The opening ceremony of EYOF in Tampere
will be an excellent show of young local artists. Figure skaters, circus
and fire artists from Tampere - nearly 100 performers in total - will
be seen in the arena of Tampere Ice Stadium on Sunday 19 July from 8.00
A national part of the opening programme, as well as the closing ceremony at the Ratina Stadium on Friday 24 July, will be conducted by Ms. Marika Vapaavuori.
- The mystic story based on Finnish visual
arts will create a unique show, Vapaavuori says.
The opening ceremony will include exactly
the same official part as the Beijing Olympic Games last summer: teams
will enter in a parade, the Olympic Flag will be raised, and the Olympic
Hymn will be played. The Olympic Flame will be lit at the Ratina Stadium,
where it will stay until the closing ceremony.
The President of Finland, Mrs. Tarja
Halonen, and the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr.
Jacques Rogge, will follow the opening ceremony as the guests of honour.
"Go" is the official EYOF-song
A Finnish pop-rock band Beats and Styles
has written the official EYOF-song called "Strength of Mind (Go)"
for the Games in Tampere.
Beats and Styles will play "Go"
live at the opening and closing ceremony. The band will be one of the
stars at the Hervanta Olympic Village, where live music will be arranged
for the teams every night during the games.
The band has also produced a video of
"Go". In the video, the history from Helsinki Games in 1952
has been mixed with music in an interesting way. Every team member will
get a CD of the music video.