Flame for inaugural Winter Youth Olympics lit

The Olympic flame for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympics has

been successfully lit by the sun’s rays at the birthplace of the

modern Olympics.

It was a timely appearance by the sun on an otherwise overcast

day at Athens’ Panathinaiko Stadium, which hosted the inaugural

Summer Olympics in 1896.

An actress dressed as an ancient priestess used a concave mirror

to focus the sun’s rays on a torch, which she handed over to a

young runner.

”We…celebrate an exciting new chapter in the history of the

Olympic Movement,” International Olympic Committee President

Jacques Rogge said at the ceremony Saturday.

Innsbruck, Austria was chosen to host the first Winter Youth

Olympics on Jan. 13-22 2012, in which 1,059 athletes 15 to 18 will

take part.