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Actress and talk show presenter Ino Menegaki, playing the role of high priestess, raises the torch with the Olympic flame, which is also stored separately in lamps in case the main flame (or a flame at the Games themselves) goes out for any reason. (Reuters / Yorgos Karahalis)

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The ceremony of lighting the Olympic torch has been a theatrical performance in the ancient Temple of Hera, during which priestesses asked the Greek god Apollo to send the sun's rays to earth to light the torch of the Games. (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

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The high priestess hands the Olympic flame and the olive branch symbolizing peace to the first torchbearer, Greece’s alpine skier Ioannis Antoniou, who then passes the fire to the first Russian relay runner, ice hockey star Aleksandr Ovechkin.

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President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach attends the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame on September 29, 2013 in ancient Olympia (AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamaki)

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Greek actress Ino Menegaki, acting as the high priestess of the Temple of Hera, lighting the Olympic torch from the flame kindled by the sun’s rays reflected on a large parabolic mirror. (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

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Russian ice hockey player Alexandr Ovechkin runs with the Olympic flame. A total of 250 torchbearers will carry the flame some 2,000 kilometers through 33 towns and 23 regions of Greece until October 5. (AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamaki)

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During the ceremony performers render ancient dances on the ruins of the Temple of Hera in Olympia. The Olympic Torch is being lit by using a large parabolic mirror to reflect the sun’s light.

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The first torchbearer, Greece’s 18-year-old alpine skier Ioannis Antoniou, runs holding the torch in one hand and an olive tree branch in the other. (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

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The choir is singing the Olympic anthem as the Olympic flag is being hoisted during the opening of the lighting ceremony of the torch at the Temple of Hera in Olympia for the XXII Sochi Winter Games.

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Male dancers perform the "Feast Dance without Weapons," signifying the rejection of hostilities during the Olympic Games. (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

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After the Olympic flame was kindled, dancers performed the ancient “Dance of the Nymphs." (AFP Photo / ArisS Messinis)

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Greek actress and TV presenter Ino Menegaki, acting as the high priestess, passes the Olympic flame during the lighting ceremony that marks the beginning of the 65,000-kilometer Olympic torch relay. (AFP Photo / Aris Messinis)

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The organizers of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games have announced that the Olympic flame relay in Russia will include lowering the torch into the water of Lake Baikal and taking it up to the top of Mount Elbrus. (AFP Photo / Aris Messinis)

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Greek actresses performing as priestesses at the Temple of Hera carry a cup with the Olympic flame, as it is about to be handed over to athletes, who will take it on a marathon to first Athens, Greece on October, 5 and in many stages to Sochi, Russia on February 7. (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

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