Olympic torch lights the road to RioUpdated 9:06 AM ET, Thu April 21, 2016 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Photos: Rio 2016: Olympic torch litThe Olympic flame is back: Greek actress Katerina Lechou performs the role of the high priestess as she lights the Olympic flame at the Temple of Hera at the site of ancient Olympia.Hide Caption 1 of 6 Photos: Rio 2016: Olympic torch litThe traditions of the torch-lighting ceremony, which include playing of the ancient Greek instrument the lyra and the release of a white dove for peace, were established at the Berlin Games in 1936. Hide Caption 2 of 6 Photos: Rio 2016: Olympic torch litLechou passes the Olympic flame into a small ceramic bowl. The ceremony was performed at the site where the Olympics were born in 776 BC and remained for 12 centuries.Hide Caption 3 of 6 Photos: Rio 2016: Olympic torch litThe first torchbearer was Greek gymnastics world champion Eleftherios Petrounias. The torch is beginning a six-day relay tour of Greece which includes a pass through a refugee camp in Athens.Hide Caption 4 of 6 Photos: Rio 2016: Olympic torch litGold medal-winner Petrounias said he was said he was shocked to be chosen as the first torch bearer. "I was driving when I heard," he told the Games' official website. "I almost crashed my car."Hide Caption 5 of 6 Photos: Rio 2016: Olympic torch litThe Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro will host the opening ceremony for Brazil 2016. The Games run from 5-21 August.Hide Caption 6 of 6The Olympic torch has been lit in southern Greece, kicking off the 100-day countdown to Rio 2016.More from SportOksana Masters: US Paralympian's remarkable journey from Ukraine orphanageSix Nations: Ireland defeats England to secure Grand SlamFIFA gives VAR the green light for 2018 World CupJohn Amaechi: 'Path to greatness' for athletes should never be 'injurious, dangerous, or evil'Can motorsport still be exciting without human drivers?