The Rio 2016 olympic flame is lit in Olympia

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

At little over 100 days the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Thursday the morning from was ignited the Olympic flame in a ceremony held in the temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece. The solar noon, actress Katerina Lehu, in the role of priestess and accompanied by 14 virgins, was commissioned to light the flame through a parabolic mirror who deflected solar rays towards the first torch.

After turning on the “sacred fire” passed Lehu fire to the first torchbearer, the gymnast Lefteris Petrunias. Also, one of the first relievers was a Syrian refugee in the name of all mistreated by wars will carry the baton in a refugee camp Eleonas” reported El País.

“Today we write history, these Olympic Games will be a message of hope in these difficult times and the flame will contribute that message to every corner of Brazil and the whole world,” said Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee. Along six days, the Olympic torch will pass through more than 2000 kilometers of Greek territory, going on Marathon and the island of Corfu. This part of the ride will end at the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens, site of the first Games of the Olympiad.

Subsequently, the flame travels by plane to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne where he will stay for a week. Later, on May 2, it will be moved to Brasilia. The tradition of the Olympic flame comes from the ancient Olympic Games and commemorates Prometheus stealing fire from the gods and handed over to humanity. The trip relay from Olympia to the Olympic site was introduced by Carl Diem in Berlin 1936.



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