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InternationalBig plans for the Olympic Torch

December 1, 2013

The lighting of the Olympic torch will open the winter Olympic games on February 7, 2014. But before the torch arrives in Sochi, Russia on the Black Sea, it will make a 123-day trip called a relay. The Russians have big plans for the torch’s 40,000 mile journey.

About 90% of Russians will be able to see runners carry the lighted torch. It will travel through the 83 regions of Russia and make about 3,000 stops.

One of its first stops will be the North Pole at the end of October. It will get there on an ice breaker.

Next it will make a trip to the International Space Station on November 7. Two days later, an astronaut will take the torch on a space walk. This is the only time the torch will not be lit because it is unsafe. This is also the first time for an Olympic torch to be in space.

After that on November 23, the torch will go deep down into Lake Baikal in Siberia.

On one of its final stops in February, runners will take it high up to the top of Europe’s highest mountain, Mt. Elbrus.

Putin received the Olympic flame from Greece, the home of the Olympic Games. He said the relay would show Russia “the way that it is and the way we love it.”

Published December 2013

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