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GREECE & RUSSIA 7 Oct 2013-7 Feb 2014 Winter Olympics torch en route for Sochi

The relay of the Olympic Flame for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia will be lit in the ancient Greek village of Olympi

October 7, 2013 - NULL

GREECE & RUSSIA 7 Oct 2013-7 Feb 2014 Winter Olympics torch en route for Sochi

The relay of the Olympic Flame for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia will be lit in the ancient Greek village of Olympia on Oct 7 to symbolize the approaching Games. The 4-pound, red and silver aluminum torch arrives in Russia on Oct 7 to begin its 34,000-mile journey to the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The organizers describe it as the longest torch relay in the history of the Winter Olympic Games, and the longest to take place exclusively within the territory

GREECE & RUSSIA 7 Oct 2013-7 Feb 2014 Winter Olympics torch en route for Sochi

The relay of the Olympic Flame for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia will be lit in the ancient Greek village of Olympia on Oct 7 to symbolize the approaching Games. The 4-pound, red and silver aluminum torch arrives in Russia on Oct 7 to begin its 34,000-mile journey to the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The organizers describe it as the longest torch relay in the history of the Winter Olympic Games, and the longest to take place exclusively within the territory of the host country.

The motif for the torch is based on the legend of the Phoenix. Designed to stay lit in strong winds, heavy frosts or any surprises that a Russian winter can throw up, the flame will be carried by 14,000 torchbearers through 2900 towns and cities in all 83 of Russia's regions. The torch will visit Mount Elbrus, Europe's highest mountain, Lake Baikal and the North Pole. Another 30,000 volunteers will support the relay. Ninety percent of the Russian population will be within an hour of the Torch Relay route, the organizers say, which means that some 130 million Russian citizens will be able to watch or participate directly in the Relay. (WRITTEN JAN 2013)

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Date written/update: 2013-10-07