Torch lighting starts Olympics countdown

Associated Press
An actress as a high priestess, holds up a torch with the Olympic flame she has just lit using a concave mirror to concentrate the sun's rays during the lighting of the flame ceremony, on Thursday May 10, 2012, in Ancient Olympia, Greece. The flame, lit in the birthplace of the Ancient Olympics, will travel to London, where the Summer Games will take place from July 27-Aug. 12. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

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The countdown to the London Olympics began with the kindling of the Games torch by the sun's rays in ancient Olympia on Mya 10, sparking a relay that will culminate with the lighting of the Olympic stadium's cauldron at the opening ceremony on July 27.

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