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  • Paralympic Torch Relay -- Russia`s Sunrise Lights Torch


    The Paralympic torch relay in Vladivostok (Sochi 2014)
    (ATR) The Sochi 2014 Paralympics torch relay began Wednesday in Cape Dezhneva, Russia’s most eastern most point.

    A special ceremony used the sun's rays at dawn to light the torch on the remote cape in Russia. Cape Dezhneva is where the sun first rises over the Russian Federation.

    Andrei Gladkov, an athlete with a musculoskeletal disability and a medalist at the London 2012 Paralympics, was the first torchbearer of the Paralympic torch relay.

    Subsequent relays were held simultaneously in Vladivostok, Yakutsk, Magadan, Anadyr, and Khabarovsk in Russia’s Far East Federal District.

    In each torch relay city, there will be a new way in which the Paralympic flame is lit.

    In Vladivostok, a weight lifter bench pressed lamps, which ignited the flame. In Khabarovsk, different indigenous people performed regional dances and “conjured” the flames through local shamans. In Yakutsk, a national guard brought forth an oil lamp to light the torch. In Magadan, the torch was lit during a demonstration of smelting gold.

    Close to 200 torchbearers carried the torch in the six cities in Russia’ Far East.

    Traditional dancers (Sochi 2014)
    On Thursday, nine cities in Siberia will host the Paralympic torch relay. Bijsk, Gorno-Altai, Krasnoyarsk, Novokuznetsk, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Sajanogorsk Seversk, and Ulan-Ude will all participate. Over 210 torchbearers will run with the torch in Siberia.

    The Paralympic torch relay will take place over 10 days in 45 cities across all of Russia. Around 1,500 torchbearers are expected to run with the torch, while a special ceremony will take place in Stoke-Mandeville, Great Britain, the birthplace of the Paralympic Games.

    Written by Aaron Bauer

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