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A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay on November 28, 2013, and released by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee shows a relay official lighting an Olympic torch in Kyzyl, the capital of Russia's Tyva Republic about 3700 km (2299 miles) east of Moscow. Russian torchbearers has started in October the history's longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi, which will take the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia's Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia's European exclave Kaliningrad. AFP PHOTO / SOCHI 2014 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Olympic torch relay

The Olympic torch relay for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, is the longest such relay in history. The Olympic flame will be appear in 83 of Russia's regions.

Russian wrestling legend and three-time Olympic gold medalist
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Russian wrestling legend and three-time Olympic gold medalist Alexander Karelin carries the Olympic torch in Russia's Siberian city of Novosibirsk. (Dec. 7, 2013)

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A torchbearer jumps with an Olympic torch in Russia's Siberian city of Novosibirsk. (Dec. 7, 2013)

Atorchbearer carrying an Olympic torch in Russia's Siberian
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Atorchbearer carrying an Olympic torch in Russia's Siberian city of Novosibirsk. (Dec. 7, 2013)

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The 101-year old torchbearer Alexander Kaptarenko carrying an
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The 101-year old torchbearer Alexander Kaptarenko carrying an Olympic torch in Russia's Siberian city of Novosibirsk. (Dec. 7, 2013)

Ivan Rudenko runs with his torch during the
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Ivan Rudenko runs with his torch during the Olympic torch relay in Omsk on the Irtysh River in Siberia, Russia. (Dec. 9, 2013)

Miss Russia 2013 Elmira Abdrazakova carries an Olympic
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Miss Russia 2013 Elmira Abdrazakova carries an Olympic torch in the town of Kuibyshev in Russia's Siberian Novosibirsk region. (Dec. 7, 2013)

In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com Olympic torch
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In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com Olympic torch bearers, TV anchorwoman Yekaterina Andreyeva, right, and Alexander Vronsky, hold Olympic torches in the world's biggest lake, Baikal, during the Olympic torch relay in Siberia, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. The Olympic torch has plunged into Russia's Lake Baikal in the run-up to the Sochi Winter Games. The 65,000-kilometer (39,000 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)

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A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay on November 26, 2013, and released by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee shows Nataliya Usacheva swimming with an Olympic torch in the Tatyshev Channel of the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, some 3500 km (2174 miles) east of Moscow. Russian torchbearers has started in October the history's longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi, which will take the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia's Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia's European exclave Kaliningrad. AFP PHOTO / SOCHI 2014 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

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A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay on November 26, 2013, and released by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee shows ice cold water swimming champion Nikolai Petshak carrying an Olympic torch while swimming in the Tatyshev Channel of the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, some 3500 km (2174 miles) east of Moscow. Russian torchbearers has started in October the history's longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi, which will take the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia's Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia's European exclave Kaliningrad. AFP PHOTO / SOCHI 2014 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com torch bearer
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In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com torch bearer Nikolai Malykh carries his torch during the Olympic torch relay in a tunnel of Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power plant, in southern Siberi, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. The 65,000-kilometer (39,000 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)

A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014
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A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay on November 26, 2013, and released by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee shows Nataliya Usacheva carrying an Olympic torch after swimming with it in the Tatyshev Channel of the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, some 3500 km (2174 miles) east of Moscow. Russian torchbearers has started in October the history's longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi, which will take the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia's Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia's European exclave Kaliningrad. AFP PHOTO / SOCHI 2014 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014
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A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay on November 28, 2013, and released by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee shows a relay official lighting an Olympic torch in Kyzyl, the capital of Russia's Tyva Republic about 3700 km (2299 miles) east of Moscow. Russian torchbearers has started in October the history's longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi, which will take the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia's Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia's European exclave Kaliningrad. AFP PHOTO / SOCHI 2014 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

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A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay on November 28, 2013, and released by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee shows torchbearers 'kissing' with their torches to pass the Olympic flame in front of "The Center of Asia" monument indicating the supposed geographical center of the Asian continent in Kyzyl, the capital of Russia's Tyva Republic about 3700 km (2299 miles) east of Moscow. Russian torchbearers has started in October the history's longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi, which will take the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia's Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia's European exclave Kaliningrad. AFP PHOTO / SOCHI 2014 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

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A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay on November 30, 2013, and released by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee shows Nikolai Valuev, Russian lawmaker, retired professional boxer and former two-time WBA heavyweight champion, carrying an Olympic torch in Russia's west Siberian city of Kemerovo, some 3482 km (2164 miles) east of Moscow. Russian torchbearers has started in October the history's longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi, which will take the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia's Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia's European exclave Kaliningrad. AFP PHOTO / SOCHI 2014 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

In this Dec. 1, 2013 photo provided byOlympictorch2014.com,
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In this Dec. 1, 2013 photo provided byOlympictorch2014.com, torch bearer Vasiliy Omelchenko carries an Olympic torch as he rides a horse during the Olympic torch relay in the Siberian city of Tomsk, Russia. The 65,000-kilometer (39,000-mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)

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In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, a torch bearer carries an Olympic torch as she is pushed on a wheelchair during the Olympic torch relay in Gorno-Altaysk, 3,641 kilometers (2,262 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389-mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)

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A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay on December 1, 2013, and released by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee shows torchbearers 'kissing' with their torches to pass the Olympic flame in Russia's west Siberian city of Tomsk, some 2886 km (1794 miles) east of Moscow. Russian torchbearers has started in October the history's longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi, which will take the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia's Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia's European exclave Kaliningrad. AFP PHOTO / SOCHI 2014 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

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A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay on December 2, 2013, and released by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee shows torchbearers 'kissing' with their torches to pass the Olympic flame in the company of ethnic Altai people wearing their traditional costumes near Gorno-Altaysk, the capital town of Russia's mountainous Altai Republic, some 3641 km (2262 miles) east of Moscow. Russian torchbearers has started in October the history's longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi, which will take the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia's Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia's European exclave Kaliningrad. AFP PHOTO / SOCHI 2014 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

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In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, a torch
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In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, a torch bearer with an Olympic torch sails on an inflatable boat during the Olympic torch relay in Gorno-Altaysk, 3,641 kilometers (2,262 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389-mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com/ Nikolay Tangerekov)

In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, torch bearers
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In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, torch bearers hold their torches during the Olympic torch relay in Gorno-Altaysk, 3,641 kilometers (2,262 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389-mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com/ Nikolay Tangerekov)

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A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay on December 3, 2013, and released by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee shows torchbearers 'kissing' with their torches to pass the Olympic flame in Russia's Siberian city of Barnaul 3400 km (2012 miles) southeast of Moscow. Russian torchbearers has started in October the history's longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi, which will take the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia's Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia's European exclave Kaliningrad. AFP PHOTO / SOCHI 2014 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com torch bearer
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In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com torch bearer Sergei Kizilov holding an Olympic torch rides on a snow plough during the Olympic torch relay in the city of Barnaul, about 3000 kilometers (1,850 miles) east of Moscow in the Altai region, Siberia, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)

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A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay on December 7, 2013, and released by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee shows torchbearers hugging each other in Russia's Siberian city of Novosibirsk, about 2800 km (1750 miles) east of Moscow. Russian torchbearers has started in October the history's longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi, which will take the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia's Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia's European exclave Kaliningrad. AFP PHOTO / SOCHI 2014 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

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A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014
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A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay on December 3, 2013, and released by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee shows a torchbearer carrying an Olympic torch in Russia's Siberian city of Barnaul 3400 km (2012 miles) southeast of Moscow. Russian torchbearers has started in October the history's longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi, which will take the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia's Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia's European exclave Kaliningrad. AFP PHOTO / SOCHI 2014 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

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A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay on December 7, 2013, and released by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee shows a torchbearer skiing with an Olympic torch in Russia's Siberian city of Novosibirsk, about 2800 km (1750 miles) east of Moscow. Russian torchbearers has started in October the history's longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi, which will take the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia's Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia's European exclave Kaliningrad. AFP PHOTO / SOCHI 2014 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

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A handout picture taken during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay on December 7, 2013, and released by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee shows torchbearers greeting each other in Russia's Siberian city of Novosibirsk, about 2800 km (1750 miles) east of Moscow. Russian torchbearers has started in October the history's longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi, which will take the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia's Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia's European exclave Kaliningrad. AFP PHOTO / SOCHI 2014 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

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