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November 15, 2013

Winter Olympics 2014: Carrying the flame

Earlier last month in Greece, the Olympic flame began its ceremonial journey to the site of the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The flame is being carried across all 83 regions of Russia via relay by torchbearers. The flame has already visited the North Pole and International Space Station as it travels to the opening ceremonies on Feb. 7. -- Lloyd Young ( 31 photos )

Actress Ino Menegaki as high priestess, left, gives an olive branch to the first torch runner Greek champion skier Giannis Antoniou during the ceremony for lighting of the Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia, west southern Greece on Sept. 29. Using the sun's rays at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics, organizers carried out a successful ceremony to light the flame for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Feb. 7-23, 2014 in Russia. (Thanassis Stavrakis/Associated Press)

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak (L) holds Olympic flame as he arrives for a ceremony signaling the start of the torch relay in Moscow's Red Square, Russia, on Oct. 6. Russia welcomed the Olympic flame for the start of an epic torch relay across the country leading to the opening ceremony of the winter Games in Sochi on Feb. 7, 2014. (Yuri Kochetkov/EPA) #

Russian President Vladimir Putin lights a torch in Moscow on Oct. 5, to start the relay across Russia, as the Olympic Flame for the XXII Winter Olympic Games Sochi 2014 arrived in Russia. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images) #

Galina Zhigunova, an employee of Baltika Breweries company, takes part in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay in front of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood in central St. Petersburg, on Oct. 27. (Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters) #

A torch bearer carries an Olympic torch in a park during a relay in Moscow, Russia, on Oct. 7. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (Denis Tyrin/Associated Press) #

A motor boat disguised as a lodya, traditional old style Russian wooden rowing boat, with an Olympic torch aboard making its way on the Volkhov River while arriving in the ancient Russian city of Veliky Novgorod, some 500 km (311 miles) northwest of Moscow on Oct. 24. Russian torchbearers have started this month the history's longest Olympic torch relay ahead of February's Winter Games in Sochi, which will take the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia's Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia's European exclave Kaliningrad. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #

A torch bearer, Russian swimming coach Pavel Dudchenko, carries an Olympic torch during a relay in Tula, 300 km (188 miles) south of Moscow, Russia on Oct. 14. (Olympictorch2014.com/Associated Press) #

A girl smiles during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay in the Russian city of Severodvinsk, some 1046 km (650 miles) north of Moscow on Nov. 1. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #

Children look at the Olympic flame torch held by torchbearer Segrey Menshikov during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay near the ancient Russian city of Vladimir, 200 km (120 miles) south of Moscow on Oct. 16. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #

Torchbearers rise their torches at a foundry of a copper processing plant in the Siberian city of Norilsk, 3000 km (1850 miles) northeast of Moscow on Nov. 7. (Alexandr Kryazhev/AFP/Getty Images) #

A torchbearer rides atop a deer sleigh, near Yakutsk, the capital of Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, about 4,830 km (3,000 miles) east of Moscow on Nov. 9. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #

A puddle reflection of a torchbearer during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay in the Russian Baltic Sea of Kronshtadt, 30 km (19 miles) west of St. Petersburg on Oct. 28. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #

Three-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion in gymnastics, Svetlana Khorkina, carries the Olympic torch in front of St. Basil's cathedral just outside the Red Square in Moscow, on Oct. 7, during a ceremony to kick off the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay across Russia. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images) #

A torchbearer sits with his torch in a cable car in Khanty-Mansiysk region, some 2700 km (1677 miles) north-east of Moscow on Nov. 6. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #

A torchbearer holds on to a torch with the Olympic flame as he rides in a kart during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay in the Russian city of Severodvinsk, some 1046 km (650 miles) north of Moscow, on Nov. 1. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #

A group of torch bearers hold the Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean on Oct. 30. The nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of the Victory) is in the background. (Sergei Dolya/Associated Press) #

A group of torch bearers hold various countries national flags and an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean on Oct. 19. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (Olympictorch2014.com/Associated Press) #

Torchbearers hold Olympic torches during a relay on a board of a Russian Navy sail training ship Kruzenshtern, a four-masted barque and tall ship that was built in 1926 at Geestem¸nde in Bremerhaven, Germany, near Kaliningrad, Russia on Oct. 29. (Olympictorch2014.com/Associated Press) #

Torchbearers Russian swimming coach Pavel Dudchenko (L) and Alexey Shpilevoy, 'kissing' with their torches to pass the Olympic flame during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay in the ancient Russian city of Tula, 300 km (188 miles) south of Moscow on Oct. 14. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #

Two torchbearers 'kiss' their torches to pass the Olympic flame in front of the Peterhof palace outside St. Petersburg, Russia on Oct. 28. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #

Two torchbearers 'kiss' their torches to pass the Olympic flame in the ancient Russian city of Veliky Novgorod, some 500 km (311 miles) northwest of Moscow on Oct. 24. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #

People take photos of a torchbearer carrying an Olympic torch during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay in Russia's European exclave of Kaliningrad, 1,300 km (812 miles) west of Moscow on Oct. 29. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #

A torchbearer holds his torch as he rides atop a dump truck in the 525 meters (1,722 ft) deep 'Mir" ("Peace' or "World") former open pit diamond mine in Mirny, Russia on Nov. 8. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #

A torchbearer looks at the Olympic flame in Russia's Pacific port of Anadyr, the administrative center of the Chukotka region, on Nov. 11. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #

Torchbearers 'kiss' their torches to pass the Olympic flame at Russia's Pacific Kamchatka peninsula on Nov. 12. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #

A torchbearer rises his torch aboard a boat crossing Avacha Bay at Russia's Pacific port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on Kamchatka peninsula, on Nov. 13. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #

A torchbearer rides atop an off road vehicle at Russia's Pacific Kamchatka peninsula, on Nov. 12. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov is seen on a giant screen at the Mission Control Center in Korolyov as he holds the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch outside of the International Space Station ISS as part of a spacewalk with Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryazanskiyin as their activities are broadcast to the Mission Control Center in Korolyov, Russia, on Nov. 9. (Yuri Kochetkov/EPA) #

International Space Station (ISS) crew member Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin holds a torch of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games as he waves after landing near the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan on Nov. 11. (Shamil Zhumatov/Pool via Associated Press) #

A dragon boat with an Olympic torch aboard leading other boats during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay on the Volga River in the ancient Russian city of Tver, on Oct. 11. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #

A torchbearer jumping with his torch during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay in Russia's European exclave of Kaliningrad, on Oct. 29. (Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee via AFP/Getty Images) #



 
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