The Sochi 2014 Olympic torch relay officially began in Moscow on Monday, commencing a record-breaking odyssey through Russia and beyond.
Here’s how the Olympic flame will go from Moscow to Sochi for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony Feb. 7, by the numbers:
123 — days 40,000+ — miles (Olympic Winter Games torch relay record) 15,817 — miles by airplane 12,597 — miles by car 11,016 — miles by train 1,402 — miles by helicopter .6 — miles by deer 14,000+ — torchbearers 83 — regions of Russia
The torch relay will visit the North Pole (from Oct. 30 stop in Murmansk), outer space (International Space Station, blast off Nov. 7), the bottom of the world’s largest freshwater lake (November) and the top of Europe’s highest mountain (February).
Here are photos from the flame’s trip through Moscow:
Hamburg will not continue its bid to host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics, withdrawing from the race after a public referendum was held.
If over 50% of the voters in Hamburg had voted in support of the Olympic bid they would have stayed in race. However, the New York Times reported that of the 650,000 votes that were cast, 51.7% were against the bid.
Olaf Scholz, the mayor of Hamburg, said, “This is a decision that we did not have liked but it is clear.”
A public referendum also ended Munich’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Germany has not hosted a Games since 1972.
The cities that remain in contention to host the 2024 Olympics are Los Angeles, Budapest, Paris and Rome. None of these plan to hold public referendums.
The 2024 host city will be selected on September 13th, 2017 at the International Olympic Committee meeting in Lima, Peru.
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