- 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.
«I carried the Olympic torch across the stadium at Luzhniki. I remember the nerves of the successful basketball player, Sergei Belov. When I passed on the torch to him, Serezha grabbed the baton with such force from my hand, and not dropping it, ran up the stairs to the cauldron of the stadium, that I pulled back my hand with difficulty and only just managed to stay on my feet».Viktor SaneevSoviet athlete, penultimate torchbearer of the Moscow 80 relay
For the Olympic torch relay for the 1960 Games of the Olympiad in Rome, the route of the relay went through many of the more famous of the cities that had originally been settled as ancient Greek colonies in the Apennine peninsula. The choice of route was also designed to make reference to classical Rome and Athens.