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London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay begins in Olympia, Greece

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The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay began in Olympia today, lighting a flame that will be eventually carried over 8,000 miles to East London for the start of the Games on 27 July. Actress Ino Menegaki, dressed as a high priestess, stood before the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera, and after an invocation to Apollo, the ancient Greeks' Sun God, used a mirror to focus the sun's rays and light a torch. The triangular torch is designed to highlight the fact that London is hosting the Olympics for the third time. It also staged the games in 1908 and 1948. 490 torchbearers will carry the flame across 1,800 miles of Greek soil before the flame is handed to London organizers on May 17 in Athens, and then taken to Britain for the remainder of the relay.
The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay began in Olympia today, lighting a flame that will be eventually carried over 8,000 miles to East London for the start of the Games on 27 July. Actress Ino Menegaki, dressed as a high priestess, stood before th...
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