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Flame for Winter Games lit in Olympia

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece – The curse of the Winter Olympics struck again, with heavy clouds over the birthplace of the ancient games frustrating efforts Sunday to light the flame for Turin using the sun’s rays. Bad weather also disrupted the ceremony for the Sydney 2000 Summer Games, as well as the past two Winter Olympics – in Salt Lake City in 2002 and Nagano in 1998.

Officials had to make do with a backup flame lit during Saturday’s rehearsal beside the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera in this lush, riverside sanctuary in the western Peloponnese. Greek soap opera actress Theodora Siarkou, in the white gown and sandals of an ancient high priestess, lit that backup flame by using a concave mirror to focus the sun’s heat on a silver torch – after praying to the ancient sun god, Apollo.

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