The Winter Olympic Games – the first in Russia – start tonight at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi. The epic of many months, which we have followed since October 7, 2013, the Olympic Torch Relay, is coming to an end today, too. Time to tally up the results!
The Sochi Olympic Torch Relay, for which
On Wednesday, February 5, the Olympic Flame made it to the “Big Sochi” (the Sochi Metro Area) and was welcomed by the residents of Sochi suburbs and the ski resort at Krasnaya Polyana outside Sochi. And yesterday, the Olympic Train delivered the Olympic Flame to Sochi. Figure skater Tatyana Navka was the first to carry the Olympic Flame in Sochi, passing it to ranking officials – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov, Editor-in-Chief of Russia Today newswire Margarita Simonyan, IOC member Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., IOC President Thomas Bach, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and many others. The Relay ended yesterday at the South Jetty of the Sochi Sea Port, and Dmitry Chernyshenko, President of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games Organizing Committee, was the final Torchbearer of the day.
However, this is not the end of the story! The Torch Relay will continue today, ending tonight at the Fisht Stadium, when a small Olympic Torch sets light to the main Olympic Cauldron, marking the start of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. The name of the final Torchbearer is kept completely under wraps, in the decades-old Olympic tradition. All will be revealed in a few very short hours. Vlivaisya!