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Sochi flame lighting rehearsal successful

September 28, 2013

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — Using the sun’s rays at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics, organizers carried out a successful rehearsal Saturday to light the flame for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Under clear skies, actresses dressed as ancient priestesses took part in the rehearsal Saturday at Ancient Olympia in southern Greece — lighting the torch using a parabolic mirror. The flame will be kept in reserve for the actual ceremony to be held Sunday.

Thomas Bach, elected this month as the new president of the International Olympic Committee, was present at the events. The Russian leg of the torch relay is set to cover 65,000 kilometers (40,390 miles) before the Feb. 7-23 Winter Games.

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