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Olympic torch relay traverses Russian tundra next to reindeer (video)

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The Olympic torch relay visited the frozen tundra of northern Russia on Sunday.

There, it mingled with the locals — herds of grunting reindeer.

Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee manager Andrei Chibisov was the single torch bearer in Naryan-Mar, a town north of the Arctic Circle, according to R-Sport.

The temperature? One degree Farenheit.

“The vanguard of the relay team arrived in Naryan-Mar and decided to show the trademark of the Northern people,” Chibisov said, according to R-Sport. “In order to do that, we went to tundra and carried out a procession with local reindeer herdsmen.”

The torch relay is next set to go to Western Siberia, where it will be transported by deer sleigh, and then into outer space and to the International Space Station.

The torch relay recorded its lowest temperature so far on Monday, minus-18 degrees Farenheit, according to Sochi organizers.

Photo: Spaceship that will take Olympic torch to space

Russian pairs skater slices leg in worlds practice, needs 10 stitches (video)

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Russian pairs skater Yevgenia Tarasova needed 10 stitches after her partner’s skate sliced her leg in practice Wednesday.

Hours later, Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov skated to third place in the short program at the world championships in Helsinki.

“We were thinking about withdrawing because after this incident we left the ice immediately, there was a long break off the ice, we didn’t know how I would feel in skates,” Tarasova said afterward. “But when I was asked, ‘Will you skate?’ I said, ‘I will!’ And I wasn’t thinking about the pain during our performance.”

Morozov called her “a hero.”

In Thursday’s free skate, Tarasova and Morozov will be largely tasked with keeping Russia from going three straight years without world championships pairs medalists, which would be the longest drought for Soviet and Russian pairs since their dominance began in the 1960s.

Tarasova and Morozov trail Chinese leaders Sui Wenjing and Han Cong by 1.86 points and second-place Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany by .47.

Another Russian pair is in fifth place going into the free skate (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

Full worlds short program results are here.

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World Cup champ lands first quad cork 1800 (video)

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Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli landed what’s being touted as the first ski quad cork 1800 in a video published recently.

Ragettli, 18, is one of the leading slopestyle skiers in the world. He won the World Cup season title in 2015-16 and placed second this year, in addition to fifth- and sixth-place finishes at the last two Winter X Games.

Previously, Ragettli became the first slopestyle skier to land back-to-back triples in a full competition at the 2016 Winter X Games, according to ESPN.com.

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