OL-flammen er tændt

Den olympiske flamme 2012 blev tændt i Athen i formiddag foran templet Hera i det gamle Olympia i Grækenland.

Den græske skuespiller Ino Menegaki fanger solens stråler og tænder den olympiske ild. (Foto: John Kolesidis © Scanpix)

Den olympiske flamme blev tændt i Athen i formiddag ved en ceremoni foran templet Hera i det gamle Olympia i Grækenland.

Solens stråler blev traditionen tro fanget i et parabolsk spejl og anbragt i en urne og bragt til det stadion, hvor de olympiske lege blev afholdt i oldtiden. Her antændte ilden den olympiske fakkel, der i et langvarigt stafetløb vil blive bragt til London, hvor legene åbnes 27. juli.

- Vi lover at beskytte flammen og værne om dens traditioner og iscenesætte en fakkelstafet, som vi kan være stolte over, siger chefen for Londons olympiske komité, Sebatian Coe.

Den første flammeløber var den græske svømmer Spyros Gianniotis, som er født i Liverpool. Næste løber er den engelske bokser Alexander Loukos, hvis far kommer fra den græske ø Lesbos.

- Jeg ryster af spænding. Det er den største ære for en atlet at gøre dette, sagde Spyros Gianniotis under prøverne til ceremonien onsdag.

Flammen skal rundt i Grækenland den kommende uge, hvorefter den fragtes til Storbritannien.

  • Greek actress Ino Menegaki, playing the role of High Priestess, gestures during the torch lighting ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece May 10, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS) (Foto: John Kolesidis © Scanpix)
  • epa03213243 Actors playing the roles of priestesses carry a pot with the Olympic Flame during the Lighting Ceremony of the Olympic Flame for London Summer Olympics 2012, in front of Hera Temple in Ancient Olympia, Greece, 10 May 2012. The flame will be handed over to the first torchbearer, Greek world champion swimmer Spyros Gianniotis before making a 1,800-mile journey through the country using 490 torchbearers. It will then be handed to London organizers on May 17 in Athens' Panathiaic Stadium, where the first modern games were held in 1896. The London Games will be held from July 27 until August 12. EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU (Foto: Orestis Panagiotou © Scanpix)
  • Actresses, playing the role of priestesses, take part in the torch lighting ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece May 10, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS) (Foto: John Kolesidis © Scanpix)
  • An actress, playing the role of a priestess, carries a cauldron with the Olympic flame during the torch lighting ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece May 10, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS) (Foto: John Kolesidis © Scanpix)
  • Greek actress Ino Menegaki (C), playing the role of High Priestess, carries a cauldron with the Olympic flame during the torch lighting ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece May 10, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS) (Foto: John Kolesidis © Scanpix)
  • Greek actress Ino Menegaki, playing the role of High Priestess, holds up the cauldron with the Olympic flame during the torch lighting ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece May 10, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS) (Foto: John Kolesidis © Scanpix)
  • Greek actress Ino Menegaki, playing the role of High Priestess, lights a torch from the sun's rays reflected in a parabolic mirror during the torch lighting ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece May 10, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS) (Foto: John Kolesidis © Scanpix)
  • Greek actress Ino Menegaki (R), playing the role of High Priestess, lights the Olympic flame during the torch lighting ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece May 10, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS) (Foto: John Kolesidis © Scanpix)
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