Swiss athletes Sarah Meier, right, and Dominique Gisin, left, took part in the Lausanne 2020 Torch Relay at Zurich railway station ©Lausanne 2020

The Lausanne 2020 Olympic flame made its first appearance in German-speaking Switzerland, at Zurich railway station.

A show was held in the main hall in the presence of Swiss athletes Sarah Meier and Dominique Gisin, as well as representatives from Lausanne 2020, the Swiss Federal Railways and the International Ice Hockey Federation. 

Passengers transiting by Zurich railway station, the largest in Switzerland, had the chance to enjoy the Lausanne 2020 Torch Tour show. 

Its aim is to spread the Olympic spirit throughout the country in preparation for next year's Winter Youth Olympic Games, due to take place from 9 to 22 January. 

The flame had been lit during a ceremony in Athens on September 17. 

The flame was escorted by Meier, the 2011 European figure skating champion, and Gisin, the Olympic Alpine skiing downhill gold medallist at Sochi 2014. 

Together, they lit a symbolic cauldron.

"Lausanne 2020 is an amazing opportunity to develop our young athletes and to inspire the next generation to get involved with sport," said Gisin.

"It is such a great joy to have the opportunity to experience the Olympic atmosphere in Switzerland at last."

Lausanne 2020 chief executive Ian Logan was thrilled with the success of the day.

"What a welcome in Zurich today," he said.

"We were really looking forward to the flame arriving in the German-speaking part of Switzerland and we could not have hoped for greater enthusiasm than what we have seen here today. 

"During the Games, the skeleton, luge, bobsleigh and speed skating competitions will all take place very close to here, in St. Moritz. 

"For the first time in more than 70 years, St. Moritz's legendary Olympia Bob Run and natural ice rink on the frozen lake will host Olympic competitions. 

"Lausanne 2020 will be bi-national Youth Olympic Games, but they will also be a great national celebration, with three Swiss cantons directly involved: Vaud, Valais and Grisons. 

"For Lausanne, 

"It will be an opportunity for the public to discover the new ice rink at the Vaudoise arena and to put the Olympic capital into the spotlight with a magnificent sporting and cultural event."