- 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.
«Striking feelings. Like those you feel at important competitions, such a boost, it doesn't matter that I had to get up when it was still dark. You can't compare it with anything else, I am proud that they entrusted me to carry the torch. I really felt that I was part of the Olympics. The feelings are really fantastic. Not everyone knows what an inspirational and long path the Olympic Flame covers before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics. It is a wonderful tradition. It is the anticipation of a great event, when excitement combines with hope».Maria KiselevaThree time World Champion in synchronized swimming, torchbearer of the 2012 Olympics
The base of the Olympic cauldron in the Helsinki stadium has a record length - 72.71 m. That number is not accidental. That’s the distance (72.71 m) covered by the javelin of Finnish athlete Matti Järvinen, a winner at the 1932 Games of the Olympiad in Los Angeles.