Two of Russia’s finest Olympians got the honor of lighting the cauldron in the climax of the Opening Ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
After tennis superstar and NBC Olympics correspondent Maria Sharapova brought the Olympic flame into Fisht Olympic Stadium, the torch was then passed between pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, wrestler Aleksandr Karelin, and gymnast Alina Kabaeva before finally coming to three-time Olympic gold medalists Irina Rodnina (pairs figure skating) and Vladislav Tretyak (hockey).
Rodnina and Tretyak then jogged outside the stadium to the cauldron’s structure. Upon arriving, they lit a smaller cauldron and the flame shot up the structure before igniting the main cauldron at the top.
Great Britain track cyclists Jason Kenny and Laura Trott were married on Saturday, according to their social media. Together the couple has won 10 Olympic gold medals, including five at the 2016 Rio Games.
Trott referred to her wedding day as “the happiest day of my life” on Instagram.
“With all my family and close friends I married my best friend,” she wrote. “We had the most amazing day and I’m so pleased to finally be able call Jason my husband.”
The couple’s romance became public at the 2012 Olympics, when they were photographed kissing in the stands behind David Beckham at the women’s beach volleyball finals, according to Sky News. By December 2014, they were engaged. They plan on returning to training after the honeymoon.
Kenny owns seven Olympic medals, including six golds. He has helped Great Britain win team sprint gold medals at every Olympics since 2008.
Trott won gold medals in team pursuit and omnium in Rio, after claiming gold medals in the same events in London. She became the first British woman with four career Olympic gold medals.
Instead of asking for gifts, the couple set up a JustGiving page to raise money for Dementia UK. You can donate here.