Ahead of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games that are acting as a catalyst to create a barrier-free environment and positively change perceptions about disability in Russia, the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Torch Relay concluded after a 10 day route that saw the flame travel to 45 cities across every federal district in Russia.
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Sochi, 06.03.2014 18:07The Paralympic flames arrived in Sochi late on Wednesday for the final stage of the torch relay, which will conclude at the opening ceremony of the XI Winter Games on Friday.
- Larisa Volik and Vladimir Evlanov lit the Paralympic cauldron in Krasnodar
Krasnodar, 05.03.2014 18:00On the 5th of March the torch relay of the Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 was held in Krasnodar. It was finished by the bronze medalist of the Paralympic Games in London Larisa Volik who at the Theater Square in the presence of several thousand residents and guests of the capital of Kuban together with the Mayor of Krasnodar Vladimir Evlanov lit the Paralympic cauldron.
"It is a great honor for me to carry the Paralympic Torch, the flame of which represents the achievements of the entire Paralympic Movement throughout the world. Here in London, it's the Paralympic athletes who are in the spotlight right now: they are setting new standards in terms of strength, striving for success and the Olympic spirit!"Natalia Vodyanovamodel, participant in the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay
A track and field athlete Alexey Ashapatov was a flag-bearer of the Russian team at the opening of two Paralympic Games - in Beijing and London. In 2013, Alexey Ashapatov became one of the first torchbearers of the Olympic torch relay in Moscow.