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The countdown begins: Top: A Greek actress acting as the priestess passes the flame to the first torch bearer, Greek skier Giannis Antoniou, at the Temple of Hera on September 29, 2013 during the lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece, in a ceremony that signals the final countdown to the start of this year’s winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Bottom: Second Olympic Flame torchbearer Alexander Ovechkin departs from the monument of Pierre de Coubertin, French founder of the International Olympic Committee, after receiving the flame from Antoniou (R) during the torch relay. (Photos:  Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images; Dimitri Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

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