The Olympic Flame began its long journey on Thursday to Vancouver, Canada, host city of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, after the Lighting of the Torch ceremony officiated by actress Maria Nafpliotou as the high priestess.
The ceremony took place in ancient Olympia at the foot of Kronios Hill where, using a concave mirror to reflect the sun’s rays, the Olympic Flame was successfully lit.
The first torch bearer was Greece’s Giant Slalom skier Vassilis Dimitriadis. The Olympic Flame will travel throughout Greece, winding up on October 29 at the ancient Panathenian Stadium in Athens where, in a ceremony, the Flame will be turned over to the Organisation Committee of the Winter Olympic Games “Vancouver 2010” for the next leg of the journey.
Video from lighting of the Olympic Flame: