The Olympic flame for the 2018 PyeongChang Games was lit Tuesday in Olympia, Greece, the birthplace of the ancient Olympics.
Actresses posing as ancient Greek priestesses gather before the flame lighting ceremony in front of the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera.
Normally the flame is lit during the ceremony using the rays of the sun and a parabolic mirror. Rainy conditions this year necessitated using a backup flame lit using the same process during Monday's dress rehearsal.
Actress Katerina Lehou, portraying the high priestess, carries the flame to the ceremony.
Lehou sets down a bowl containing the flame.
Priestesses transfer the Olympic flame to a ceramic urn during the lighting ceremony.
Actresses playing priestesses carry the Olympic flame.
Actors portraying ancient Greek wrestlers line the route of the flame ceremony.
The priestesses dance during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony.
The high priestess passes the Olympic flame to the first torch bearer, Greek skier Apostolos Angelis.
Angelis and the high priestess stand after the torch has been lit.
Angelis carried the torch a short distance and then handed it over to retired South Korean soccer star Park Ji-sung
Park Ji-sung receives the flame as the second torch bearer.
The flame will be transported by torch relay to the Pyeongchang, South Korea, which will host the 2018 Winter Olympics.