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June 9, 2012

Olympic Flame Handover Ceremony 2012

by Penny BroJacquie

On 17th May 2012 the Olympic Flame Handover ceremony took place in Athens.

The Olympic flame has officially been handed over to organisers of the London 2012 Games at a ceremony held at Kallimarmaro Stadium (also called Panathenaic Stadium), the home of the first modern Olympics in Greece in 1896.

Greek veteran weighlifter Piros Dimas and Chinese gymnast Li Ning lit the cauldron with the Olympic flame. It was carried around Greece after being lit on 10 May in Olympia. It was taken into the stadium by torchbearer Christina Giazitzidou, Greece’s world champion in rowing, who also held aloft an olive branch of peace.

Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson, Sebastian Coe (chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games), footballer David Beckham and Mayor of London Boris Johnson attended.

Young people from schools in Greece and Britain carried flags in the stadium. Crowds celebrated the moment as both national anthems of the UK and Greece were sung by a British school choir and Greek tenor, Marios Fragoulis.

Greek veteran weighlifter Piros Dimas and Chinese gymnast Li Ning lit the cauldron with the Olympic flame. It was carried around Greece after being lit on 10 May in Olympia. It was taken into the stadium by torchbearer Christina Giazitzidou, Greece’s world champion in rowing, who also held aloft an olive branch of peace.

Actress Ino Menegaki performed the role of the high priestess and lit London’s Olympic torch with the flame.

The flame was passed by the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Spyros Capralos to Princess Anne who represented the UK in her role as president of the British Olympic Association and the flame became London 2012’s official responsibility.

The ceremony started in heavy rain but ended with a rainbow in the sky over the stadium…

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