2012 Olympic Flame officially lit in Greece

May 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Seeing the Olympic flame here in Britain during the Olympic Torch Relay will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for many people and a spirit of excitement is starting to show as the Olympic flame was officially lit in the ancient birthplace of the Games, Olympia in Greece this morning.

Although I’m familiar with the tradition of the Olympic Flame travelling via the Torch Relay and then burning for the entirety of the Games. It wasn’t until today that I realised that the flame was still created in a traditional manner of sunrays beaming into a parabolic mirror which I have to say was rather special to watch albeit via the news.

Today’s flame lighting ceremony is a significant moment in the run up to the London 2012 Games as it signifies the beginning of the flame’s journey to The Opening Ceremony at The Olympic Stadium on 27th July 2012.

lighting the olympic flame in olympia

Lighting the Olympic Flame in Olympia

Now the flame will tour Greece and the island of Crete for a week before it is flown over to Britain (amazingly the flame will remain alight whilst in transit) where it will finally begin its 70 day tour of Great Britain on the 18th May.

I’m planning to watch the torch as it passes through Staffordshire on 30th May and particularly looking forward to see Torchbearer Rita Banks. A local lady who has been an active member of her local running club for the past 40 years, after achieving a world record for running 52 marathons in one year (wow), Rita who is now 68 still continues to run competitively which is magnificent.

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