Ancient ceremony kicks off countdown to London 2012

The Olympic flame has been lit in an ancient ceremony in Olympia, Greece, the birthplace of the Ancient Games.

The flame will travel around Greece before arriving the UK on May 18.

See how close the Olympic torch will come to you.

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Olympic flame lit

The countdown the Olympic Games in London has begun with the lighting of the Olympic flame at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece, where the ancient Games took place.