The start of the Olympic Torch relay
Following the tour in Greece, the flame will arrive in Great Britain.
On May 10th, with a ceremony held at the Temple of Hera in ancient Olympia, Greece, the Olympic Torch will be lit, the fire resulting from the rays of the sun. Thus will begin a journey that will take the torch throughout Greece, before arriving in Athens at the Panathenaic Stadium, home of the first modern Olympics in 1896. On May 17th, it will be delivered to the London 2012 delegation. The relay of the Olympic flame continues its journey around Great Britain for seventy days, until the opening of the Games, which will take place at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27th. In its long journey the torch will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers, among which include Maurizio Stroppiana (President and CEO of Mondo Spa) and Stefania Stroppiana (Marketing Manager of Mondo Spa). The first torch bearer will be the Greek Spyros Gianniotis, world champion in the 10 km cross-country in swimming, and he will feel at home in London, having been born in England.