|Published:||Sep 29, 2013 6:19 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 29, 2013 10:36 AM EDT|
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) - Using the sun's rays, the Olympic flame lighting for the Winter Games in Sochi went off without a hitch in southern Greece, ahead of its journey across Russia's nine time zones and even a trip to space before the Feb. 7-23 games.
The ceremony was held Sunday with actresses dressed as ancient priestesses at the birthplace of the Greek games held in antiquity, with the flame lighting using a parabolic mirror. NHL star Alex Ovechkin will be the first Russian involved in the torch relay.
Newly elected International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach was present at the ceremony.
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