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Olympic flame’s trip to North Pole (photos)

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The proof is in the pictures. The Olympic flame burned brightly at the North Pole last week, according to photos released Friday.

Eleven scientists from around the world were torchbearers during the unprecedented trip, including an American Olympic champion, University of Alaska Fairbanks Vice Chancellor Pat Pitney. Pitney won shooting gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Artur Chilingarov, an Antarctic explorer and Russian Geographical Society vice president, had the honor of lighting a cauldron at the North Pole.

The icebreaker ship, made it to the North Pole from Russia’s Arctic port of Murmansk in about 91 hours, the quickest trip ever, according to The Associated Press.

Here’s a video report in Russian from an outlet that traveled with the expedition.

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Video: Flame briefly erupts during Olympic torch relay

Sochi Olympic torch relay reaches North Pole

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Cross off one of the most ambitious goals of the record-setting Sochi Olympic torch relay.

The Olympic flame made it to the North Pole, according to Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee president Dmitry Chernyshenko‘s Twitter account.

“In spite of everything the flame burned excellently,” Chernyshenko said on his Russian Twitter account, according to an R-Sport translation. “The weather’s warm, just -15 [degrees].”

The flame departed for the North Pole aboard the icebreaker ship “50 Years of Victory” from Murmansk, Russia, on Tuesday.

Coming up, the torch relay will visit 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) before the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 7.

Meanwhile, the main part of the torch relay continued through Russia.

Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, was a torchbearer Saturday.

She added that she would have liked to take the Olympic flame into space “but unfortunately that’s not up to me.”

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