Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Olympics [Print without images]

Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Olympic torch has been lit!

By Jim Caple

Ino Menegaki

Depending on your time zone, the torch-lighting ceremony for the London Olympics was very early this morning/late last night in Olympia, Greece. That was the birthplace of the ancient Olympics, as well as the greatest Turn Back the Clock Day in sports history when the shot put was held there at the 2004 Olympics.

If you missed the moment, don't worry -- you can watch a recording of it here via Ustream. There were some outstanding visuals of Olympia that will stir your heart, complete with ancient columns and young men and women dressed in white. There are also some speeches and flute playing if you're into that sort of thing. The actual lighting is a little after the one-hour, 30-minute mark.

The torch is currently being relayed through Greece and will wind up at Athens' Panathinaiko Stadium next week, the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. From there, the torch will be sent to England, where it will go on a lengthy relay through more than 1,000 towns in the United Kingdom before arriving in London to light the Olympic cauldron during the Opening Ceremonies July 27.