Torch lighting starts Olympics countdown

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.

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.
Torch lighting starts Olympics countdown
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.
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.
Torch lighting starts Olympics countdown
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.
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)
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)
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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