The flame for the Montreal Olympic games was lit in Greece and is now on its way to canada.
GV "Priestesses" at ruins of Ancient Olympia (2 shots)
GV Head "priestess" lights torch
GV Crowd PAN TO "Priestesses"
GV & CU Head "priestess" performing ceremony with flame (2 shots)
GV PAN Athlete receiving flame from priestess
GV Olympic flag
GV Athlete runs with torch
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Background: The flame for the Montreal Olympic games was lit in Greece and is now on its way to canada.
SYNOPSIS: The flame was ignited on Tuesday (13 July) in ancient Olympia by reflecting the rays of the sun from a parabolic mirror. It was lit on the altar of Zeus, the supreme deity of the ancient Greeks. Dressed in ancient robes and escorted by a retinue of priestesses, a Greek actress carried the flame in an urn to the stadium where the original Olympic games were held. Overcast skies caused a delay in the ceremony but in the end, all went well.
The flame was expected in Athens on Thursday evening when it would be surrendered to representatives of the Canadian Olympic Committee. It was then to be placed in a sensor which would convert part of it into electromagnetic energy to generate a radio signal. After transmission by satellite to Canada, the signal will be reconverted into electrical energy and the flame used at the games will be lit by means of a laser beam concentrated on a parabolic mirror.
After the actress lit the first torch, she handed it to the young Greek hurdler, Tasos Pslidis, who set out with it on the journey to Athens. It will be relayed by 520 torch-bearers, who will run one kilometre each, before arriving at the Greek capital.