PyeongChang 2018: The Olympic flame's journey to South Korea

Updated 5:31 AM ET, Wed December 13, 2017
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While the Olympics have traditionally been the realm of human competition, it appears robots are coming for next year's Games in South Korea. A humanoid bot, dubbed HUBO, received the iconic flame from Dr Dennis Hong in Daejeon on Monday 11 December 2017. Yang Young-suk/AP
The iconic Olympic flame arrived in South Korea on Wedesday, November 1, signaling 100 days to go until the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games. JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
From ancient Olympia to the icy slopes of PyeongChang, the flame travels thousands of miles over the course of its journey. ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Initially derived from the sun's rays in a parabolic mirror, the flame starts its epic journey at the Temple of Hera, site of the Olympic Games in ancient times. Milos Bicanski/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Greek cross-country skier Apostolos Angelis had the honor of being the first official torchbearer on this occasion. Here he also holds an olive tree branch as a symbol of peace. ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Angelis passed the torch to former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung, the most decorated Asian footballer in history and a South Korean icon. ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Park believes that North Korea's participation in the Games would send a positive message, telling CNN Sport in September: "We have a tricky relationship between both countries, so if they participate that means a lot to our country as well." Milos Bicanski/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
A succession of torchbearers carried the flame to the top of Acropolis Hill, where Greek gymnast Dimosthenis Tampakos (Olympic champion in the rings at Athens 2004) illuminated the columns of the Parthenon. ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
After completing a week-long tour of Greece, the flame was officially passed to the PyeongChang organizing committee at a handover ceremony. Greek Alpine skier Ioannis Proios is shown holding the torch at the ceremony in Athens' Panathenaic Stadium on October 31, 2017. ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
It touched down at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, in the safe hands of former figure skating champion Yuna Kim (R) and South Korea's Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister, Do Jong-Hwan. JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, Lee Nak-yon, then lit the cauldron to signal the start of the Olympic flame's journey to PyeongChang 2018. JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The honor of being the first to carry the Olympic flame on home soil fell to 13-year-old figure skating prodigy You Young. JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Just 11 years old when she won her first national championships title in 2015, the teenager said: "It is my dream to represent my country at an Olympic Winter Games and I am working hard to make that dream a reality very soon." Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
A ceremony to mark the flame's arrival featured K-pop sensation Taeyang, an honorary ambassador for next year's Winter Games. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
The Olympic Flame will be exchanged by 7,500 torchbearers over the coming months days as it makes its journey around the Republic of Korea. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images