Olympic lighting ceremony takes place for Sochi 2014

The Olympic flame has been lit in Olympia, Greece today ahead of the 123-day long torch relay before reaching its final destination for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.

Greek actress Ino Menegaki played the role of High Priestess, as she did for the London 2012 Games lighting ceremony, at the Temple of Hera in Ancient Olympia.

After touring Greece, the flame will arrive in Moscow ahead of the longest torch relay for any Winter Games.

Greek actress Ino Menegaki plays the role of the High Priestess during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games lighting ceremony. Credit: REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
The Olympic flame is raised at the site of Ancient Olympia in Greece. Credit: REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
The torch is lit using the sun's rays reflected in a parabolic mirror. Credit: REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Throughout its journey across Russia, the flame will be carried by more than 14,000 torch-bearers across more than 65,000km - including a visit to the International Space Station where it will be taken on a spacewalk.