POSTED: October 7th 2013
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Olympic flame arrives in Moscow

The Olympic flame traveled from Greece to Russia, where it will travel more than 65,000 kilometres in 123 days / Sochi 2014
The Olympic flame traveled from Greece to Russia, where it will travel more than 65,000 kilometres in 123 days / Sochi 2014

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, Sochi 2014 Organising Committee President Dmitry Chernyshenko and six-time Olympic speed skating champion Lidiya Skoblikova led the Olympic flame into Russia Monday after the flame’s journey through Greece.

From Athens, the flame was transported to Moscow’s Red Square, where Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin lit a celebration cauldron to signal the start of the Olympic Torch Relay

“Today is a joyous and momentous day,” Putin said. “The Olympic flame – the symbol of the planet’s main sports event, the symbol of peace and friendship – has arrived in Russia, and in a few minutes it will be on its way around our huge country.”

Ten Torchbearers, including junior figure skating 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games silver medallists Lina Fedorova and Maxin Miroshkin took the Olympic flame around the Kremlin. Paralympic discus and shot put champion Alexey Ashapatov, pianist Daniel Kharitonov, prima ballerina Diana Vishneva and 17-time fin-swimming world champion Shavarsh Karapetyan also carried the torch in Moscow.

During the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay, the Olympic flame will travel more than 65,000 kilometres in 123 days leading to the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony. More than 14,000 torchbearers will run and utilise cars, trains, planes, Russian troikas and reindeer sleigh as it visits historic sites such as Yasnaya Polyana, the Avachinsky Volcanoes and the Kizhi Museum Reserve.

More than 90 percent of Russian citizens will be within an hour of the Olympic Torch Relay route, giving nearly 130 million Russians the chance to be a part of the relay. More than 30,000 volunteers will also participate in the relay.


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