- 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.
"Of course, this is a big event, because for the first time in many years I celebrate my birthday in the hometown, especially with such a honorable mission - to carry the Olympic flame, to support this wonderful movement".Igor Butmanmusician
The theme of the Olympic torch relay for the 1968 Games of the Olympiad in Mexico, was the union of the classical culture of the Mediterranean and those of America. The route followed the course of Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to the New World. One of the torchbearers, Cristóbal Colón Carvajal, was a direct descendant of Columbus. Colon is the Spanish version of the surname Columbus.