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How far will they run the Torch?   25 members have voted

  1. 1. Being a land of some 6.6mil sq2, how long a torch run should Sochi 2014 hold?

    • 100,000 mi
    • 500,000 mi
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    • 1,000,000 mi
    • 1,500,000 mi
    • 2,000,000 mi
    • 5,000,000 mi
    • more than 5,000,000 mi

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I was just thinking...having the largest land mass in the world, how far do you want the Sochi organizers to run their 2014 Torch Relay...in the dead of a Russian winter???

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If they don't take it up into space, it'll be a miserable failure!

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Sochi to send 2014 Olympic Torch into Space

DURBAN, South Africa - Russia plans to send the Olympic torch into space ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov says his country aims to be the first to take the torch beyond the earth's atmosphere as part of the longest Olympic relay.

Zhukov says Sochi organizers also plan to take the torch to the top of Russia's highest mountain and the bottom of the world's deepest lake.

Zhukov revealed plans for the Olympic flame to go on a 120-day, 17,000-mile journey with 14,000 torch bearers in the buildup to the Sochi Games, including visits to Mount Elbrus and Lake Baikal.

Zhukov announced the torch relay plans Thursday in a Sochi presentation to the International Olympic Comm

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/43671024/ns/sports-olympic_sports/

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Reminds me strongly of the Beijing torch relay -- but Sochi obviously even wants to surpass it: Not only the highest mountain shall be the backdrop for the Olympic Flame, but also the deepest lake and even space. One could call that megalomaniac. And I do that.

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I hope it's also carried by the fattest person on earth over the longest stretch.

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Will anyone be surprised when a barechested Putin parachutes in to light the flame?

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Reminds me strongly of the Beijing torch relay -- but Sochi obviously even wants to surpass it: Not only the highest mountain shall be the backdrop for the Olympic Flame, but also the deepest lake and even space. One could call that megalomaniac. And I do that.

Yeah, it's amazing they can do a longer relay than Beijing yet keep it within their borders (the space trip being the exception). Shows how vast Russia is.

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Will anyone be surprised when a barechested Putin parachutes in to light the flame?

Putin doesn't need parachutes to fly. He has such superpowers that if flying powers is what Putin wants, flying powers is what Putin gets.

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Exclusive: Sochi 2014 boss promises "spectacular" Torch Relay as ambitious plans are unveiled

March 19 - Sochi 2014 President Dmitry Chernyshenko has told insidethegames they will deliver a "spectacular" Torch Relay, which is set to make Olympic history after plans were confirmed to take it to the bottom of the world's deepest lake, Lake Baikal (pictured), as well as further than any previous Olympic Torch Relay in history.

Though some of the specifics of the Torch Relay are still under wraps, a number of plans have been confirmed to insidethegames, including that the Relay route will span over 40,000 kilometres, the length of the earth's equator.

It is also four times longer than the 2006 Turin Winter Games Relay, and will travel through all 83 constituent entities of Russia, with 90 per cent of the population having the chance to see the Olympic Torch on its route.

The Torch Relay will last for 123 days, from October 2013 to February 7, 2014, when the Winter Olympics gets underway in Sochi.

In all, some 14,000 Torchbearers will carry it, as well as 30,000 Relay volunteers, with 2,000 Torchbearers set to carry the Paralympic Torch on its journey between February 26 and March 7.

The most spectacular plans though are those to send the torch into space for the first time in Olympic history, an idea first made public by Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov last year.

In 1961 the Soviet Union was the first country to send a man, Yuri Gagarin (pictured), into space.

insidethegames understands that this is still in the minds of Sochi 2014, though talks are ongoing over the ambitious plans.

It has also been confirmed that the torch will be taken to Lake Baikal, the world's deepest lake with a depth of 1,600m, in the south of Russia near Irkutsk, and also travel to Mount Elbrus, the tallest mountain in Europe at a height of 5,642m.

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more: Insidethegames

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The most spectacular plans though are those to send the torch into space for the first time in Olympic history, an idea first made public by Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov last year.

An idea first made public sure, but the idea was concocted by Sir Rols, 2 years ago. It was Rols' idea, it's only fair he get to go to space. :angry:

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An idea first made public sure, but the idea was concocted by Sir Rols, 2 years ago. It was Rols' idea, it's only fair he get to go to space. :angry:

I hadn't even noticed that!

Hmmmm. Weightless with a burly cosmonaut??? Yeah, I'll take it up if offered!

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Russia confirms plan to carry Torch into space ahead of Winter Olympics

The head of the 2014 Winter Olympic in Sochi, Russia has confirmed plans to carry the Olympic Torch into space.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 organising committee, said: "We are planning to take the torch into space - and we will."

He also promised the Russian torch route would be the longest in history - a 31,000-mile route taking in the peak of Europe's highest mountain, Mount Elbrus, and the bottom of the world's deepest lake, Lake Baikal.

http://www.itv.com/n...inter-olympics/

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So they aren't allowed to bring the torch to their neighbour countries, but taking it to space wouldn't be a problem? :huh:

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So they aren't allowed to bring the torch to their neighbour countries, but taking it to space wouldn't be a problem? :huh:

Unless those pesky ET's decided to protest Russian human rights and disrupted the relay!

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Russia won't be the first to take an olympic torch to space. Atlanta and Sydney sent out copies of their torches, right? Unless the russians send the actual flame up there, but is that even possible and risk free?

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when the torch design will release?

Probably this winter, a year before Sochi starts, and when they will launch their ticketing program as well.

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but taking it to space wouldn't be a problem? :huh:

Yeh I wonder if it's possible.

Now, obviously it is possible to put the torch - or at least the lanterns on an air plane. As we have seen this year and in the past.

So if it wasn't possible to take the actual flame into space - perhaps one of those 0-gravity flights?

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Cauldron_05.jpg

Nice find!

Where did you find it? Is it "official" or from a reputable source.

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According to the link, its a shortlisted candidate from the design firm. As for the legitimacy of it, who knows?

It would have to be an official proposal - but maybe it has already been rejected?

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According to the link, its a shortlisted candidate from the design firm. As for the legitimacy of it, who knows?

It would have to be an official proposal - but maybe it has already been rejected?

Can you give a precise link for that? I opened the link of the picture (respectively the domain behind it, cargocollective.com) but couldn't find those information there.

However, that design would actually be quite fitting, since they had those blue icy patterns also in the opening video of their handover segment in Vancouver, while the diamond shape of the torch and the flame outlet represents that pattern in their look:

Sochi_2014_patchwork_quilt_blue_resized.jpg

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Cauldron_05.jpg

Ehhh. Looks clunky and clubby. But better colors than London's which really looked like chicken coop wire just rolled up.

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Ooo sexy torch.

Would prefer if the black bits at the top were sunken into the torch more to give the effect of the flames emerging from the shard of ice though.

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