07/27/2012 07:46 EDT | Updated 09/26/2012 05:12 EDT

Olympic cauldron lit by young British athletes to culminate opening ceremony

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 medallist 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.