The 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.
"The extraordinary adrenaline, a lot of positive emotions. When you see this event, it is celebration, everyone is happy. The city meets the celebration very cool, small towns have advantages, for the people it is a huge celebration, a great event, everyone is happy, waving, it energizes, it's great!"Elmira AbdrazakovaMiss Russia-2013
The 123-day Olympic Torch Relay "Sochi 2014" during 24 hours overcame in average 534 kilometers of the route. The longest non-stop stage of the relay was from Norilsk to Yakutsk. There the fire overcame 2055 km in the plane.