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The sun sets behind the 560-meter Charilaos Trikoupis bridge in near the city of Patras in Southern Greece on Friday Sept. 27, 2013. The bridge connecting the Greek mainland to the Peloponnese area was opened in 2004, shortly before the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. A flame lighting ceremony for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia will take south of Patras on Sunday, at ancient Olympia. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)
The sun sets behind the 560-meter Charilaos Trikoupis bridge in near the city of Patras in Southern Greece on Friday Sept. 27, 2013. The bridge connecting the Greek mainland to the Peloponnese area was opened in 2004, shortly before the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. A flame lighting ceremony for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia will take south of Patras on Sunday, at ancient Olympia. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)
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(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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