Sochi 2014 Olympic Flame arrives in Russia

  • 06.10.2013 (13:55 - 15:00)
  • Events of Relay

The Sochi 2014 flame has touched down in Russia ahead of the country’s first ever Winter Olympic Games. The Olympic Flame, one of the most powerful symbols of the Games, arrived at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport by airplane and was delivered by Dmitry Kozak, the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Government,  Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee President, and Lydia Skoblikova, six-time Olympic champion. They were met at the airport by the Relay Motorcade, decorated in Sochi 2014 Relay’s reckoned vibrant orange patchwork quilt design, which transported the delegation to Red Square. Today marks the national phase of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay. The presenting Partners of the Relay are the Coca-Cola Company, Ingosstrakh, and Russian Railways.

The Olympic Flame was delivered to the capital airport by Aeroflot flight SU 7101, with the airline performing the duty as technical Partner of the Torch Relay. A special Honor Guard troop greeted the Flame by the stairs of the specially commissioned Athens to Moscow flight. The lamp with the Sochi 2014 Olympic Flame was carried from the airplane by Dmitry Kozak, the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Government to the sounds of a military orchestra.

The Olympic Flame was officially handed to Russia, the host country of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, yesterday. At the historic marble stadium Panathinaikos in Athens, the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Spyros Kapralos, passed the Olympic Flame to the Russian Federation, which was represented by Dmitry Kozak and Lydia Skoblikova, six-time Olympic champion.

Today, the Olympic Flame will be welcomed on Moscow's Red Square and ten torchbearers will run through the grounds of the Kremlin, starting the national phase of the most ambitious Olympic Torch Relay in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.


Notes to the Editor

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic Torch Relay gets under way in Sochi on 7 October  2013. According to the organizers' calculations, 90% of the Russian population will be within an hour's reach of the Torch Relay route at some time or other, and this means that approximately 130 million Russian citizens will be able to watch or participate directly in the Relay. In total, it will cover more than 65,000 kilometers, including by car, train, plane, Russian troika and even reindeer sleigh.

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay is going to be the longest in the entire history of the Olympic Winter Games. During the Olympic Torch Relay, 14,000 torchbearers will carry the Sochi 2014 Olympic torch through 2,900 settlements of 83 regions of the country. The Relay will end with the Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony in Sochi on February 7, 2014.

Presenting Partners of the Torch Relay are Coca-Cola, OSAO "Ingosstrakh" and OAO "Russian Railways".