LONDON -- Seven young athletes representing Britain's hopes for the future have lit the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony of the London Games.
British Olympic hero Steve Redgrave carried the torch into the stadium - its final stop after a journey around the country. The five-time rowing gold medalist handed it off to the teenagers, who ignited copper "petals" on the ground.
The fire spread in a circle and the petals converged to form a large cauldron in the sky.
Oscar winner Danny Boyle's $42 million Opening Ceremony show, with 15,000 volunteers, was a rich and textured journey through British history. Boyle drew from Shakespeare, British pop culture, literature and music, and other sources of inspiration that speak to not just Anglophiles but people across the globe.
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The Associated Press