The 2012 Olympic Games torch relay is now under way. Greek actress Ino Menegaki played the role of the High Priestess during the ceremony in Ancient Olympia, Greece. She and her fellow Priestesses started proceedings in beautiful fashion with traditional dancing and the release of a dove. The Flame was lit at the Temple of Hera, next to the historic ruins of the home of the ancient Olympic Games.
The flame was then handed to Greek world champion swimmer, Spyros Giannniotis, the first torch bearer. Before eventually being passed to British boxer Alexander Loukos. Both athletes ran with the flame at the site of Ancient Olympia Greece.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee, said “The Olympic Flame lit in Olympia will connect the ancient Games and the modern Games”.
The Olympic Flame will now be taken on an eight-day relay around Greece before arriving at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on the evening of Thursday 17 May for the Handover Ceremony.
On May 19, the torch will be reaching the UK and come within ten miles of 95% of the people in Great Britain with various celebrations due to take place in and around the UK. 8,000 inspirational people will get the chance to carry the iconic torch through their home towns.