ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (September 29, 2013)--Using the sun's rays, the Olympic flame lighting was carried out without a hitch Sunday in southern Greece, ahead of the flame’s journey across Russia's nine time zones and even a trip to space before the Feb. 7-23 Winter Games in Sochi.
The ceremony held Sunday included actresses dressed as ancient priestesses at the birthplace of the Greek games held in antiquity.
The flame was lit using a parabolic mirror.
NHL star Alex Ovechkin will be the first Russian involved in the torch relay.
Newly elected International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach attended the ceremony Sunday.