The Torch Relay
The Torch Relay for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games of 2014 will cover more than 65,000km travelling throughout the 83 regions of the Russian Federation.
As is tradition, the Olympic Flame will be lit on the ancient ground of Olympia. It will arrive in Moscow on 7 October 2013 where it will start its triumphant march across the territory of Russia.
The relay will take 123 days, and be carried by a record 14,000 Torchbearers. It will travel 20,273km by car, 25,455km by plane, 2,256km by helicopter, 17,728km by train and even 1km by deer!
History will be made when the Torch is taken into space. It is due to travel to the International Space Station where it will then be taken on a spacewalk. After its epic journey, the Torch will arrive in Sochi on 7 February 2014 – the Opening Ceremony of the Games.
The Sochi 2014 Torch features a bright, eye-catching design in red, the traditional colour of Russian sport. It is based on motifs from Russian folklore and ideas of innovation and technological breakthroughs. Its form is reminiscent of the feather of the Firebird, or the Phoenix, which is said to bring good fortune and happiness.
The construction of the Torch ensures that the flame burns reliably in difficult conditions, such as strong winds, heavy frosts or any surprises that a Russian winter can provide.
The body of the Torch is made of aluminium, weighs nearly 1.8 kg, is 0.95 m tall and 54 mm wide. A total of 14,000 Torches will be produced.
Sochi 2014 torchbearers include athletes, public figures, teachers, doctors, rescue workers, military personnel, coaches, war heroes, students, pensioners and many others. Among those who have the honour of carrying the Olympic flame during the Torch Relay are the world's first female cosmonaut and hero of the Soviet Union Valentina Tereshkova, four-time Olympic champion gymnast Alexei Nemov, three-time Olympic champion in synchronised swimming Maria Kiseleva and many more.
The Torchbearer candidates were above all selected on the criterion of being committed to a healthy lifestyle and sports and the main Olympic values: friendship, respect and commitment to excellence.
The final agreed list of 14,000 people was finalised in September 2013.
Follow the Flame
The Sochi 2014 organisers have a website dedicated to the Torch Relay. Follow the flame each day and learn about its journey here>>>