The lighting of the Olympic Flame

Hard to believe it has already been seven years since London was selected to host the 2012 Olympics; the Olympic flame is on its way to England. Yay! 


But of all the things overlooked is the lighting celebration; which was beautifully celebrated in Ancient Olympia in Greece, as per tradition.

Today performers dressed as priests and priestesses gathered for a ceremony in Olympia, the ancient birthplace of the Olympic games. 

During the ceremony they appealed to Apollo to light the flame with the help of a parabolic mirror. Ino Menegaki, Greek actress, played the role of a high priestess lit the flame.


The Olympic flame was then passed to the first torch bearer, Spyros Gianniotis, a 32 year old Liverpool born swimmer who won a silver medal for Greece in Beijing.

Spyros then handed the Olympic Flame over to British boxer Alexandros Lucas at the start of the torch relay.

It is to begin a seven-day relay through Greece, followed by a flight to Great Britain, where it will begin a 70-day journey. On its journey to London, the Olympic Flame is to change hands 8,000 times.


About Balanced Soul

Leeds, United Kingdom French-English translator. I love to learn & grow & empower; all about playfulness, laughter, love, creativity, curiosity, gratitude, optimism, and wisdom. :)
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