Hundreds of Greeks huddled beneath umbrellas and sat on the stone steps of the ancient stadium in Athens on Thursday to watch the ceremonial handover of the Olympic flame to the organizers of the 2012 London Olympics.
They cheered the Greek national anthem and the 88 schoolchildren belting out ”God save the Queen.” But they really roared when they saw fire.
There were jokes about the pouring rain, with London Mayor Boris Johnnson joshing that everyone would just have to get used to it. But the clouds actually pushed back, giving the robed dancers, the drummers, and the decorative Greek guards a chance to parade around.
London Olympic chairman Sebastian Coe says ”the flame belongs to the world.”