Olympic torch lit

The Olympic torch was lit at a ceremony in Olympia, Greece on September 29. This was done in the traditional way by using a mirror to focus the sun’s rays to create a fire. The torch will be carried around Greece for a week before it is flown to Moscow, the capital of Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. For 123 days, the torch will be carried by a few thousand runners all over Russia, covering over 60,000 km (37,000 miles). The torch will travel across Russia’s nine time zones, will take a hot-air balloon ride, and will even make a trip to space. The Olympic Games will be held from February 7 to February 23 in the Russian city of Sochi.

Did you know?

The Olympic flame was carried to the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest, in 2008 before the Beijing Olympic Games. The flame was carried in a special canister and once the peak was reached, a torch was lit from the flame.

Sources: http://torchrelay.sochi2014.com, http://www.olympic.org

Image Credits: http://www.sochi2014.com for 2014 Winter Olympics’ Logo