- The Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch concludes its record-breaking journey across Russia
11.02.2014 16:00The Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay completed its record-breaking journey across Russia on 7 February 2014.
- spokesman.com: Sochi Olympics kick off with grand opening
Sochi, 08.02.2014 02:45Music, dance and plenty of Russian bravado unleashed the ultimate achievement of Vladimir Putin’s Russia on Thursday — a Winter Olympics to showcase the best athletes on ice and snow that the world has to offer.
- Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretiak lit the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the Games in Sochi
Sochi, 07.02.2014 23:38The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sochi was attended by other famous Russian athletes. Tennis player Maria Sharapova ran with the Olympic flame into the stadium where she passed the relay to athlete Yelena Isinbayeva. From her the torch passed to the wrestler Alexander Karelin and then to the gymnast Alina Kabaeva. The relay was completed by skater Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretiak.
«When they told me I would be the first torchbearer, I felt proud. I remember those feelings to this day. The torches at that time were metal, heavy and one's arms really hurt because of them. There was another problem with the Munich torch, the flame in it was extinguished if there was a strong wind. We knew about this and as the first torchbearer, I was very careful. But the Sapporo torches were superb. They continued to burn even under water».John KirkilezisFirst torch bearer of Munich 72 and torchbearer of Sapporo 72
During the 1980 Games of Olympiad which were held in Moscow, the Olympic flame didn’t only burn in the Soviet capital. Cauldrons with the Olympic flame were lit in Tallinn, Minsk, Kiev, and Leningrad, which also hosted Olympic competitions. Football tournaments were held in Minsk, Kiev, and Leningrad, while Tallinn hosted sailing competitions.