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Marathon of ethnic cultures to welcome final phase of Olympic Torch relay in Sochi

February 05, 2014, 9:56 UTC+3 SOCHI
The final stage of the Relay will involve about 350 torchbearers
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A view of the Rosa Khutor alpine ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana

A view of the Rosa Khutor alpine ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana

© ITAR-TASS/ Vladimir Smirnov

SOCHI, February 05. /ITAR-TASS/. A multiethnic cultural marathon will welcome the long-awaited arrival of the Olympic Flame in the venue of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

The city of Sochi rightfully prides itself on the fact that representatives of over 100 nationalities peacefully get on over here. Each diaspora prepares its own artistic greetings to the participants in the Relay which is one of the main symbols of the Olympics.

The concluding phase of the Olympic Flame's travel across Russia will begin in the square outside the Center of Ethnic Cultures in Lazarevskoye Township at 09:00, Moscow time, on Wednesday. Vladimir Kondra, a native of this now Olympic city, the 1980 Olympic winner and silver medalist of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in volleyball, will be the first to carry the Torch in Sochi. The Olympic Flame will be carried through the streets of the health-building township and even be brought to a height of 77 meters on the CIS largest ferries wheel.

From Lazarevskoye, the Olympic Flame will be carried by a special train to Adler where torchbearers will run through Lenin, Molokov, Prosveshchenie, and Kalinin streets. A gala concert will be given in honor of participants in the relay-race in the district recreation park.

The Olympic Torch will be carried by a Lastochka (swallow) electric train to the next leg of the Sochi phase of the relay — the Krasnaya Polyana mountain township. The torchbearers will set out from the new railway station and finish in the main square of the mountain skiing resort Rosa Khutor where winners of competitions in the mountain cluster will be presented awards during the Olympic Games.

A sea cruise will be a special a special leg of the Relay. At 15:00, a yacht with the Torch will set out from the seaport of Sochi. The Torch will be carried on board by a Sochi resident Alexander Reva, a comedy actor and showman. At the landing stage of the Sochi yachting club he will hand it over to his fellow-countryman, musician Andrei Grigoryev-Appolonov.

The phase of the Flame's stay in the Olympic venue bids fair to be one of the most eventful and colorful and beat the absolute record in the duration of the Relay's stay in one city. On February 6, the Flame will be carried across the Central District of the Olympic capital. At the Sochi railway terminal, the Olympic Torch will be picked up by Tatiana Navka, a figure skater, Olympic winner, who will hand the Torch over to her ice dancing partner, Olympic winner Roman Kostomarov.

On the third day, torchbearers will run through the central streets of the city.

The final stage of the Relay will involve about 350 torchbearers, among them Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations Organization, Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, Hero of Russia pilot-cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, actor Mikhail Galustyan, TV program hosts Nikolai Drozdov and Vladimir Posner, Sberank chief Gherman Gref, Alexei Voyevoda, a bobsledder, silver medalist of the Turin-2006 Olympcs, and bronze medalist of Vancouver-2010, Yelena Isinbayeva, two-time Olympic winner, the holder of the bronze medal of London-2012, and producer Jana Rudkovskaya.

The Olympic Torch relay-race will end in the Olympic Park with the lighting of the Olympic Flame Bowl at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games. The ceremony will begin at 20:14 on February 7.

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