POSTED: June 25th 2013

Olympic torch to venture into space for Sochi 2014 Torch Relay

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) An agreement signed by Sochi 2014 Organising Committee President Dmitry Chernyshenko and the Russian Federal Space Agency’s Vladimir Popovkin announced Roscomos as an Honoured Partner of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola, OSAO “Ingosstrakh” and OAO “Russian Railways.”

This November, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch will be taken to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz TMA-11M manned spaceship and will be taken into spacewalk, the first time an Olympic torch will be carried into space.

Though the torch will not be lit, Russian cosmonauts Sergei Ryazansky and Oleg Kotov – who have started their training at the Yu. A. Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Centre – will take the Olympic torch on the spacewalk.

Captain Mikhael Tyurin received the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch from Popovkin at the signing ceremony and will pass it to the spaceship crew before its voyage.

Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, who supported the Olympic bid presentation in 2007 from the International Space Station, will return the Sochi 2014 Olympic torch back to Earth.

“Nobody has done this before,” Chernyshenko said. “The spacewalk by two Russian cosmonauts with the Sochi 2014 Olympic torch will be an historic monument in the history of the Olympic Torch Relay. I want to thank the Federal Space Agency for its support which will enable us to take the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay to the final frontier.”

“Conducting a spacewalk with the Olympic torch is an unprecedented event in the history of the Olympic movement and the world of Astronautics,” Popovkin said. “Its in-orbit delivery and the spacewalk by Russian cosmonauts will be a bright new page in space history.

“Let me thank the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee for the selection of the Federal Space Agency as an Honorary Partner of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay.”

Keywords · Sochi 2014 · Olympics · International Space Station · Russia ·

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