Olympic Flame Lit in Olympia, Greece


The lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame took place on May 10, 2012 in the birthplace of the Olympics, Olympia, Greece. Actress Ino Menegaki, performed at the Temple of Hera dressed as a high priestess during the lighting ceremony. The torch relay has 10,000 miles ahead to arrive in London for the 2012 summer games.

Artemis Ignatiou, a graduate from the National School of Dance of Greece, was also responsible for the choreographed lighting and handover ceremonies we saw in the 2008 Beijing and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Olympics minister Hugh Robertson, said, "Greece has a very very proud history and I think the last thing they would want with a moment like this is not to be seen to be honouring that history.

"They are absolutely central to the birth of the Olympic movement and everything that has happened subsequently.

"For them, this is a really important moment - it is a really important moment in a different way to us - and so far they have done it very well."

The ancient stadium dates back to 5th Century BC. Standing at the site, London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said, "It is a pretty serious day, to be honest.

"I do not think that it was a day when we set off in 1992 (when the bid was being considered) that we were sure we were going to be here and it is nice to be here."

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