Oct. 5 the Olympic torch passed hands from Greece to Russia. The Olympic torch began its trek from Ancient Olympia Greece to Sochi Russia on September 29. The torch will be carried across 65 thousand kilometers by 14 thousand torchbearers, according to CCN correspondent.
As the torch is being passed from hand to hand it will be carried to monumental destinations in Russia. From under Lake Baikal, to the top of Europe’s highest peak, Mount Eblrus, to the North Pole on a nuclear powered icebreaker, to the International space station. Along the route the torch and its bearers will pass through 83 regions of the country. President Putin stated in the globalpost article .
“The games will show Russia’s respect for equality and diversity – ideal that are so intertwined with the ideals of the Olympic movement itself,” a deflection of the criticism over Russia’s strict anti-gay law punishing the dissemination of information about homosexuality.
The torch will reach the Winter Olympic Stadium in Sochi Russia on February 7 2014, a 123-day journey. The President of the Sochi 2014 Olympic committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, said, “We want to ensure that all residents of Russia will feel involved in the Olympic celebrations and the unifying power of the flame.”
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Caption: President Vladimier Putin lights a torch in Moscow, Oct. 5, 2013.