A Greek actress called on Zeus, the greatest Diety of ancient Greek mythology, to bless the modern Olympic Games on Friday (July 28) and then lit the Olympic Game with the aid of a special mirror and the sun.
GV People gathered for ceremony
MV Olympic and other flags
LV Actress lights torch with girls watching
GV Onlookers in olive grove
LV ZOOM IN TO Torct lit
GV Crowd watching
LV Greek athlete runs up to gat torch PAN TO onlookers.
GV PAN Athletes run off with torch
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Background: A Greek actress called on Zeus, the greatest Diety of ancient Greek mythology, to bless the modern Olympic Games on Friday (July 28) and then lit the Olympic Game with the aid of a special mirror and the sun.
The ceremony was held in front of the altar of the Goddess Hera, behind the ancient stadium of Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics, as a Group of Greek girls in ankle-length Grecian robes stood by.
Then, the actress, who was playing the part of a High Priestess--handed the flame to Greek athlete Constantine Roussis, the first of 1,850 Greek and 3,250 foreign runners who will carry it to the Olympic Stadium in Munich.
Each runner carries the flame for one kilometres (0.6 miles) before handing it to the next in line....a relay of 3,170 miles (5,100 kms) through central and northern Greece, Turkey, bulgaria, Rumania, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, and finally to Munich.
This year is only the second time that the flame will be carried all the way from Olympia to the venue of the Olympic Games by runner. The first time was for the Berlin Olympics in 1936.
Usually, the flame is carried to Athens and then transported to the site of the games in a lantern either by air or sea.