The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece on Thursday, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year’s summer Games in London.
Actors in ancient Greek costume invoked the god Apollo in the ruins of the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera, using a concave mirror to harness the sun’s rays and kindle a flame on the torch for a relay that will take it around Greece and Britain.
The president of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge and the head of the London organising committee, Sebastian Coe attended the ceremony
A British delegation will receive the flame at a night-time ceremony on May 17. The London Olympic Games torch will arrives at the Olympic Stadium in east London on July 27.