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
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
”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