The 2012 Olympic Flame was lit today in a ceremony in Olympia, Greece.
The flame will begin an 8 day tour of Greece before travelling to the UK on 18th May to begin its 70 day relay around the country. Ben Ainslie, who won Olympic gold medals in Sailing at Beijing 2008, Athens 2004 and Sydney 2000 Games, will be the first of 8,000 Torchbearers who will carry the Flame through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages in the UK.
The Olympic Flame will come within 10 miles of 95% of people in the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey. You can view the route here to find out when it will be nearest to you.