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Oc October 22nd, the flame that will grace the skies of Vancouver will be ignited in Olympia, Greece.

Here are some flame lighting photos for previous games:

Igniting of the flame

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Beijing

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Torino

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Athens

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The programmes for th lighting ceremonies of he Winter Games in the past were more and less the same, so I expect it to be like this:

11:00 Arrival of VIPs from Athens to AncientOlympia

12:00 Lighting at the Temple of Hera, lighting announced with sound of trumpets and Olympic Flame carried to Pierrede Coubertin grove.

12:30 Olympic anthem, laying of wreaths, addresses by mayor of Olympia, president of HOC and president of torch relay commission and president of VANOC.

12:45 Entrance of procession of priestesses into the Pierre de Coubertin grove.

13:10 Handing ove of flame to the first Greek torchbearer

13:30 Traditional lunch

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Anybody keeping track of the weather forecasts? I hope the sun comes out to shine! It's been a while since the lighting went off while the sun was out. :)

Don't worry...they have the back-up flame lit during the dress rehearsal in case it doesn't light on the actual day. (I think that happened only once.) They should send those 'priesteses" to SURVIVOR so they'll know how to ignite those flames without the sun for dear life!! :lol:

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Don't worry...they have the back-up flame lit during the dress rehearsal in case it doesn't light on the actual day. (I think that happened only once.) They should send those 'priesteses" to SURVIVOR so they'll know how to ignite those flames without the sun for dear life!! :lol:
Nagano, Sydney, Salt Lake City and Torino had to use the back up flame lit during the dress rehearsal.
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The schedule of the route of the olympic flame through Greece:

http://www2.hoc.gr/index.php?option=com_co...=98〈=en

PLACES ARRIVAL DURATION DEPARTURE DISTANCE

1st DAY

22/10/09

OLIMPIA LIGHTING CEREMONY 12:55 22,00

PIRGOS 13:53 30΄ 14:23 34,00

ANCIENT ILIDA 15:32 20΄ 15:52 72,50

ΤRIPOTAMA 18:01 15΄ 18:16 64,50

ΚΑLAVRITA 20:15 CEREMONY

2nd DAY

23/10/09

ΚALAVRITA DEPARTURE 07:57 54,00

PATRA 10:14 30΄ 10:44 50,00

MESOLOGI 12:29 5΄ 12:34 1,50

(K. Palamas monument)

MESOLOGI 12:43 30΄ 13:13 36,50

ΑGRINIO 14:16 30΄ 14:46 115,50

KARPENISI 18:42 CEREMONY

3rd DAY

24/10/09

ΚARPENISI DEPARTURE 8:30 79,50

LAMIA 10:50 30΄ 11:20 87,00

ΚΑRDITSA 13:40 30΄ 14:14 27,00

ΤRIKALA 15:02 30΄ 15:32 24,5

ΚΑLABAKA 16:18 30΄ 16:48 64,00

ΜΕΤSOVO 18:23 CEREMONY

4th DAY

25/10/09

ΜΕΤSOVO DEPARTURE 08:00 54,50

GREVENA 09:36 30΄ 10:06 53,00

KASTORIA 11:14 30΄ 11:44 75,00

FLORINA 13:55 30΄ 14:25 36,00

ΑΜINTEO 15:21 15΄ 15:36 36,00

PALIOS AGIOS ATHANASIOS 16:36 15΄ 16:51 36,50

ΕDESSA 17:47 CEREMONY

5th DAY

26/10/09

ΕDESSA DEPARTURE 08:00 93,50

SERRES 11:15 30΄ 11:45 72,00

DRAMA 13:23 30΄ 13:53 141,00

THESSALONIKI 17:11 30΄ CEREMONY OLYMPIC MUSEUM 17:50

6th DAY

27/10/09

TΗESSALONIKI DEPARTURE 08:15 89,00

NAOUSA 10:11 30΄ 10:41 22,50

VEROIA 11:31 30΄ 12:01 63,00

KOZANI 13:35 30΄ 14:05 84,00

ELASSONA 16:01 30΄ 16:31 40,00

LARISA 17:38 60΄ 18:38 72,00

VOLOS 20:50 CEREMONY

7th DAY

28/10/09

VOLOS DEPARTURE 08:00 211

ΑRACHOVA 12:48 30΄ 13:18 33,50

LIVADIA 14:13 30΄ 14:43 12,00

ΟΡHOMEΝΟS 15:10 20΄ 15:30 121,00

ΑΙGALEO 17:36 30΄ 18:06

ΑKROPOLIS 20:11 CEREMONY

8η DAY

29/10/09

AKROPOLIS DEPARTURE 15:15

ACROPOLIS MUSEUM 15:30 30΄ 16:00

PANATHENEAN

STADIUM 18:00 HANDOVER CEREMONY

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The winter guys look too hot in their outfits!

The "guys" are too hot? :blink: How do you think those "priestesses" and the "young Greek studs" playing out the Ceremony...in their sleeveless togas and shorter tunics for the guys...standing there looking serene and all stately, feel on a CHILLY spring morning w/o the sun??

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It's unfortunate the Winter lighting location isn't the same as the Summer location, the latter is a much more appealing location.

What do you mean, S? I think both Lightings are ignited in front of the Temple of Hera; and then they move the whole hand-over to the first runner over by the main stadium grounds where the world's press and visitors are all gathered; at least that's how they did it for Beijing. I think they've streamlined the whole show now. What's your other info?

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It's unfortunate the Winter lighting location isn't the same as the Summer location, the latter is a much more appealing location.
It will be in the same lcoation this year and Jacques Rogge will be attending. He didn't attend the Torino lighting.

INTERVIEW-Olympics-Vancouver torch ceremony will be safe - HOC

ATHENS, Oct 15 (Reuters) - The Vancouver 2010 Olympics torch-lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia next week will see none of the protests that tarnished the Beijing Games event two years ago, the Greek Olympic Committee (HOC) said on Thursday.

Human rights activists disrupted the globally televised ceremony in the ancient Olympic stadium in southwestern Greece in 2008, triggering a chain reaction of protests which followed the Beijing torch relay on its journey before the Games.

"This will not happen this time. Greek police have a plan to make sure that everything runs smoothly," new HOC President Spyros Capralos told Reuters.

The ceremony is set for Oct. 22 with a brief relay in Greece before the flame flies to Canada at the end of the month.

Capralos, who took over the HOC this year, said apart from security he also saw no reason for any demonstrators to disrupt the event.

"Our Chinese friends had issues that were expressed during the ceremony and along the relay," said Capralos. "There were human rights issues. There are no issues like that now."

Vancouver, in western Canada, will be the site of the Feb. 12-28 Olympics next year, with organisers saying some protests in the city over civil liberties and the use of what some claim is "native American land" are to be expected.

Unlike Beijing, Vancouver will only have a national relay leg with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) banning future international legs by Games' hosts following the Beijing debacle.

The winter Games torch-lighting ceremony, in which the torch is lit by the sun's rays reflected off a parabolic mirror, was long a scaled-down version of the summer Games ceremony that was exclusively held in the ancient stadium.

ANCIENT STADIUM

No more, said Capralos, with the winter ceremony for the first time to be held in the ancient stadium as well, attended by IOC President Jacques Rogge.

"Rogge was not there for the Turin Games ceremony four years ago so his presence signifies an important turn," said Capralos, a former water polo player who took part in two Olympic Games.

Athens' Panathenian stadium where the torch will be handed over to the Vancouver Games officials, will be open to the public with free admission, Capralos said.

The Beijing Games handover in Athens was a massive security operation in which much of the city was locked down and the handover took place in an empty stadium for fear of more protests.

Capralos has also set out to restore the HOC's damaged reputation.

More than a dozen top Greek athletes were caught doping or violating doping rules before the last two summer Olympics, embarrassing the nation that traditionally enters the Olympic stadium first during the Games opening ceremony.

"These doping cases hurt Greece, they hurt Greek sport and it is something for which we are not proud," said Capralos.

"We are ready to do whatever it takes to battle doping. All (Greek) athletes will undergo testing prior to boarding their plane for Vancouver."

Greece enjoys a special status among national Olympic committees as the founders of the ancient Olympics and hosts of the first modern revival in Athens in 1896.

"We have an historic duty towards the Games," said Capralos.

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What do you mean, S? I think both Lightings are ignited in front of the Temple of Hera; and then they move the whole hand-over to the first runner over by the main stadium grounds where the world's press and visitors are all gathered; at least that's how they did it for Beijing. I think they've streamlined the whole show now. What's your other info?
the summer lighting is at the ancient stadium.
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It will be in the same lcoation this year and Jacques Rogge will be attending. He didn't attend the Torino lighting.

INTERVIEW-Olympics-Vancouver torch ceremony will be safe - HOC

The winter Games torch-lighting ceremony, in which the torch is lit by the sun's rays reflected off a parabolic mirror, was long a scaled-down version of the summer Games ceremony that was exclusively held in the ancient stadium.

ANCIENT STADIUM

No more, said Capralos, with the winter ceremony for the first time to be held in the ancient stadium as well, attended by IOC President Jacques Rogge.

So the first torchbearer only goes to the Pierre de Coubertin grove and from there the Torch Relay continues. That's now the only role for Pierre de Coubertin.. and the ancient Greek Games get more attention.

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^ i think the flame is lighted at different locations at the temple...consider the two pictures:

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X, that's /\ /\ just the handover to the 1st athlete portion (and that's outside of the Temple enclosure area). If you will look at other old photos, the moment of parabolic lighting took place before--for summer--in front of Zeus' temple and for winter, in front of Hera's temple. But lately, they've just gone with the parabolic lighting in front of Hera's temple ('as in 08). I thnk what remains of Hera's temple are more photgenic than Zeus', PLUS they had to accommodate a TV crane so they could get some varying overhead shots...which they could not do previously when done in front of Zeus.'

Igniting of the flame in front of the Temple of Hera

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The 'temples are in the so-called 'sacred grove' area...where only the 'priestesses' and the relevant TV crew are allowed there. In the ancient Games, that was as far as women could go; the competitiion area (i.e., the stadium) was entirely for males. But today, in a concession to conveneince of course, the priestesses now walk out of the 'sacred grove' area to the open stadium grounds where all the offcials, dignitaries, the tV cameras and world's press are gathered and where a few speeches will be made.

(Also, the area in front of Hera's T, is a little more open from trees than the area in front of Zeus' temple, thus allowing a wider aperture for the sun to do its thing...when it is needed.)

They also added the kid and "mother priestess"-thingie for the '08 lighting (see last photo) ...so that tied in with Hera...and the kid being Apollo, god of light.

Finally, the walk of the whole procession from the Temples part to the ancient stadium where the press and guests are gathered to see some dances and the formal hand-off, I believe, is more convenient for timing purporses rather than the farther Zeus' temple.

But who knows, they may change it again this year-- I mean what else does the HOC do anyway between Games but fiddle around with the Olympia lighting scenario? :blink:

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