Photos: Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Games torch lit in Greece

The torch for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics was lit at the Temple of Hera in ancient Olympia on Tuesday kicking off the countdown for the first winter Games in Asia outside Japan.

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Actress Katerina Lechou (R), portraying the high priestess, lights the Olympic flame at the Temple of Hera in Olympia --the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 BC--during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame for the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place between February 9 to February 25. (Aris messinis / AFP)

Actress Katerina Lechou (R), portraying the high priestess, lights the Olympic flame at the Temple of Hera in Olympia --the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 BC--during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame for the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place between February 9 to February 25. (Aris messinis / AFP)

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As rain fell, actors in ancient Greek costumes resorted to the backup flame kept from Monday’s dress rehearsal at the ruins of the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera instead of a scheduled ceremony using a parabolic mirror to kindle the flame. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)

As rain fell, actors in ancient Greek costumes resorted to the backup flame kept from Monday’s dress rehearsal at the ruins of the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera instead of a scheduled ceremony using a parabolic mirror to kindle the flame. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)

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Greek Presidential guards, or Evzones, walk across the ancient archaeological site during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame. The traditional ceremony, introduced for the first time during the 1936 Berlin Olympics, did not benefit this time from the Greek sun playing a spoilt sport. (Aris messinis / AFP)

Greek Presidential guards, or Evzones, walk across the ancient archaeological site during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame. The traditional ceremony, introduced for the first time during the 1936 Berlin Olympics, did not benefit this time from the Greek sun playing a spoilt sport. (Aris messinis / AFP)

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Katerina Lechou (L), acting the high priestess, holds the Olympic flame at the Temple of Hera. From the rain-soaked valley of Ancient Olympia, where the Games of antiquity were held for more than a thousand years, the flame will course through Greece for eight days and reach South Korea on November 01, 2017. (Aris messinis / AFP)

Katerina Lechou (L), acting the high priestess, holds the Olympic flame at the Temple of Hera. From the rain-soaked valley of Ancient Olympia, where the Games of antiquity were held for more than a thousand years, the flame will course through Greece for eight days and reach South Korea on November 01, 2017. (Aris messinis / AFP)

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Spectators take selfies during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in Pyeongchang. (Costas Baltas / REUTERS)

Spectators take selfies during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in Pyeongchang. (Costas Baltas / REUTERS)

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Katerina Lechou passed the Olympic flame to the first relay runner, Greek skier Apostolos Angelis, who ran with it for a short distance. 505 torchbearers will be participating and 36 welcome ceremonies will be held in 20 districts during these eight days. (Aris messinis / AFP)

Katerina Lechou passed the Olympic flame to the first relay runner, Greek skier Apostolos Angelis, who ran with it for a short distance. 505 torchbearers will be participating and 36 welcome ceremonies will be held in 20 districts during these eight days. (Aris messinis / AFP)

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South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon (C) also attended the ceremony inside the stadium. (Aris messinis / AFP)

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon (C) also attended the ceremony inside the stadium. (Aris messinis / AFP)

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The first torchbearer Greek skier Apostolos Angelis runs with the Olympic flame and an olive branch at the Pierre de Coubertin monument during ceremony. This long torch relay will culminate with the 2018 Winter Olympics opening on 9 February 2018. (Alkis Konstantinidis / REUTERS)

The first torchbearer Greek skier Apostolos Angelis runs with the Olympic flame and an olive branch at the Pierre de Coubertin monument during ceremony. This long torch relay will culminate with the 2018 Winter Olympics opening on 9 February 2018. (Alkis Konstantinidis / REUTERS)

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The Olympic flame was then handed over to former Manchester United soccer player Park Ji-sung. ‘As a sports person I have been watching the Olympics throughout my life, and I really wanted to participate, to be involved in the Olympics,’ Park said afterwards. (Aris messinis / AFP)

The Olympic flame was then handed over to former Manchester United soccer player Park Ji-sung. ‘As a sports person I have been watching the Olympics throughout my life, and I really wanted to participate, to be involved in the Olympics,’ Park said afterwards. (Aris messinis / AFP)

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