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Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony
Olympic flame begins countdown to 2014 Sochi Games
Olympic flame begins countdown to 2014 Sochi Games

The countdown to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games has now officially begun with the lighting of the Olympic flame in Greece on Sunday. Thomas Bach, the newly elected president of the International Olympic Committee, watched as the sun's rays and a parabolic mirror were used to spark the flame at the Temple of Hera. “The flame lit today by the Greek sun takes on the responsibility for a peaceful celebration here and now," Bach said. "The torches will carry it into the Olympic future." Eighteen-year-old Greek alpine skier Giannis Antoniou started the relay on a seven-day trip across Greece. Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was scheduled to...

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