The Sochi Olympic torch relay will be the longest in Winter Olympic history, traveling 40,000 miles on land and by sea, including into space and even to the North Pole.
Just how will the flame reach the northernmost point on Earth?
Sochi 2014 tweeted out a photo of the means of transportation — an icebreaker ship named “50 Let Pobedy” — on Thursday.
The ship, translated to “50 Years of Victory,” will take the torch from Murmansk, Russia, to the North Pole and back in October. That’s more than 3,000 miles.
Murmansk news outlet Barentsnova has more details:
The fire will be kept in a special lamp during its 5.000 km long transportation onboard the icebreaker and across a block of drifting ice. On the North Pole, representatives of Arctic Council member countries will continue the relay to fire up an Olympic cauldron of Sochi 2014. The North Pole journey will be facilitated by Rosatom.
Warships to help with Sochi Olympic security
Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.
Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.
He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”
The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.
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Usain Bolt, the singer?
Bolt teased what appeared to be a recording-studio session in an Instagram video Monday, a short clip that ended with Wednesday’s date, perhaps a sign of more to come.
The video included shots of a guitarist, drummer, keyboardist and three female singers before showing Bolt in front of a microphone adjusting headphones.
Bolt has experience singing in front of crowds, having performed Queen and Kings of Leon at recent Oktoberfest visits in Munich.
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