with this zip line, the Olympic flame will cross the Doubs to Besançon

with this zip line, the Olympic flame will cross the Doubs to Besançon
with this zip line, the Olympic flame will cross the Doubs to Besançon

Tuesday June 25, the Olympic flame stops in Doubs just over a month before the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. As a symbol, it will cross the river which gives its name to the department of Franche-Comté. On board, Vincent Schmidt, a torchbearer who has always been committed to disabled sports.

7:02 p.m. Tuesday June 25, the flame will fly for a few seconds in the air above the Doubs, from the Petit Chamars parking lot. The Olympic symbol will go to the bank on the university campus side.

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Under the cart, in a specific harness, will be Bisontin Vincent Schmidt, 38 years old, vice-president of the Entre-Temps climbing gym in Besançon. Disabled since he was a baby, Vincent grew up in an ordinary environment, playing football, cycling, climbing while doing brilliant studies.

It’s going to be a great moment of life and sharing. Taking a seat in this zip line is a strong symbol, even if you can’t sum up my life in disabled sports,” explains the man.

Vincent Schmidt, bearer of the Olympic flame, vice-president of the Entre-Temps climbing association

An access ramp was installed so that Vincent Schmidt could arrive on the site of the ramparts in a wheelchair. “He has already tried the zip line crossing twice, he wanted to do it again, we told him stop” confides amused Floran Schaack, manager of the Pyrenean company PASCET.


Vincent Schmidt will carry the flame to Besançon.

© City of Besançon

May the flame not go out!

A few hours before the event, the city, helped by the company from the Pyrenees, installed the cart which will transport the flame bearer. It’s time for final adjustments.

Under the large trees of the well-known Bisontins parking lot, the cart was tested one last time. “We will be able to regulate the descent so that we can have a good image and that the flame does not go out, because if we released the cart directly, we would have a strong acceleration, and we would not be able to guarantee the arrival. The trolley will therefore regulate the speed at a constant 5 km/h” explains Willy Jolly, zip line preparer, to our journalists Vanessa Hirson and Antoine Laroche.

This cart has already been used by the city of Besançon during the Grandes Heures Nature festival promoting outdoor activities.


The motor that will regulate the zip line carrying the Olympic flame.

© Antoine Laroche – France Télévisions

Once on land, the flame will then pass into the hands of Michel Chapuis, silver medalist in Tokyo in 1964 in the two-seater canoe straight race and member of the Bisontin nautical club SNB. The former athlete will not carry the flame while running, but on board a boat heading to the Water Station. The flame will be unloaded then lit in the cauldron by Jura biathlete Anais Bescond around 7:13 p.m.

Follow the highlights of the flame live on Tuesday June 25 on the France 3 Bourgogne-Franche-Comté website and on the “ france.tv Paris 2024 ».

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