How is the Olympic torch going to reach the North Pole?
The Sochi 2014 Olympic Organizing Committee answered that question Thursday.
In October, the torch will travel 3,100 miles on a “nuclear powered icebreaker” named “50 Years of Victory.”
A “special Olympic Torch Lamp” will accompany the Olympic flame.
Dubbed the longest relay in Winter Olympic history, it will span more than 40,000 miles across 83 Russian regions.
Once at the North Pole, the Lighting Ceremony will take place and torchbearers from Russia and countries of the Arctic Council, comprising important people related to the study and conservation of the Arctic, will participate in the Relay. … The torchbearers will run alongside the icebreaker and across an ice block, after which they will light the Sochi 2014 Olympic Cauldron.
A polar explorer and federal lawmaker named Artur Chilingarov will lead the expedition, according to the Moscow Times.
“Expeditions to the North Pole have been routine practice for Russian ice-breakers for a long time,” he said, adding that the ship “has a very experienced captain who knows how to get there and back.”
The expedition is an opportunity for Russia’s nuclear fleet to flex its muscles, he said.
“We will show the whole world once again that the Arctic is completely accessible to our fleet,” Chilingarov said.
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The first four U.S. Olympic archers for Rio are known, while Khatuna Lorig will learn in three weeks if she makes her sixth Olympic team.
A full men’s team of 2012 Olympic team silver medalists Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski and first-time Olympian Zach Garrett earned their spots at the U.S. Olympic Trials that ended Monday.
Mackenzie Brown clinched her first Olympic berth by winning the women’s trials Monday.
The U.S. can send two more women to Rio if it qualifies a full team at a World Cup event in Turkey in three weeks. Those two women would be Hye Youn Park and Lorig.
Lorig, 42, is best known for teaching archery to Jennifer Lawrence before “The Hunger Games.” Lorig also competed in the 1992 Olympics for the Unified Team, the 1996 and 2000 Games for Georgia and the 2008 and 2012 Olympics for the U.S.
Lorig earned team bronze at Barcelona 1992 and finished fifth and fourth individually at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
The U.S. Olympic team alternates are Daniel McLaughlin and La Nola Pritchard.
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Co-Olympic super-G bronze medalist Jan Hudec was granted a request by Alpine Canada to represent the Czech Republic next season after being left off Canada’s national team.
Hudec, 34, wasn’t eligible for Canada’s national team after racing once in 2015-16 due to the latest of his many knee surgeries, according to Alpine Canada.
“It is important to know that we continued to work with Jan after the team selection was announced, and let him know that we were more then willing to find accommodation that would enable him to return to the team,” Alpine Canada said in a press release. “However, at this stage of Jan’s career, he is making a decision that can best meet his desire to fulfill and lead a different way of life, that reaches beyond ski racing.”
The International Ski Federation must still grant Hudec’s request. Hudec was born in the Czech Republic.
At the Sochi Olympics, Hudec shared bronze with Bode Miller in the super-G. He is also the 2007 World Championships downhill silver medalist and a two-time winner of World Cup races.
The 2016-17 Alpine skiing World Cup season is expected to begin in Soelden, Austria, in late October.
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