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Olympic Flame Lit To Begin Journey To Sochi

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.


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