The entire world watched in awe as the Olympic torch was lit today for the Olympics Games Rio 2016. It was held in Ancient Olympia, Greece. This lighting marks the start of the Olympic Torch Relay and will see the torch travel around Greece for six days and covering 2,235km, before being officially given to the organizers of the Olympic Games Rio 2016. This will be held on the 27th April at the Panathenaic stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896.
This beautiful ceremony saw the famously popular Greek actress Katerina Lechou (aged50) taking on the ceremonial role of the Greek High Priestess, surrounded by many people acting as the Greeks of Ancient Olympia. Dressed in the stylishly ancient garb, she lit the Olympic torch by using an ancient trick: The Sun’s rays were diverted and focused using a highly polished concave mirror and was used to light the torch, without the use of modern matchsticks. The ceremony then saw a white dove, representing peace and harmony, being released into the sky.
The ceremony then saw the torch being handed to the famous Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias, the Gold Medal winner, who was chosen to be the first torch-bearer.