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Sochi 2014 Names First Olympic Torch Relay Torchbearers

10 July 2013

SOCHI 2014: Three months prior to the ceremonial arrival of the Olympic flame in Russia, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee approved approximately half of the torchbearers for the Olympic Torch Relay, the Presenting Partners of which are companies Coca-Cola, "Ingosstrakh" and "Russian Railways".

Of the 140,000 candidates, nearly 6,000 torchbearers have already been selected. Torchbearers representing all 83 regions of Russia and were selected based on criteria from the International Olympic Committee

The campaign for the selection of Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay torchbearers took place from January 15 to May 15, 2013. Three Relay Presenting Partners - Coca-Cola, "Ingosstrakh" and "Russian Railways" - as well as all 83 regions of the Russian Federation took part in the campaign. Working groups formed in the Russian regions, and by each Relay Partner, defined lists of future torchbearers and submitted them to the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee for final approval.

The torchbearer candidates were above all selected on the criterion of being committed to a healthy lifestyle and sports and the main Olympic values: friendship, respect and commitment to excellence.

Sochi 2014 torchbearers include athletes, public figures, teachers, doctors, rescue workers, military personnel, coaches, war and labor heroes, students, pensioners and many others. Among those who have the honor of carrying the Olympic flame during the Torch Relay are the world's first female cosmonaut and Hero of the Soviet Union Valentina Tereshkova, four-time Olympic champion gymnast Alexei Nemov, three-time Olympic champion in synchronized swimming Maria Kiseleva, bronze medalist at the Paralympic Summer Games in London Aleksey Chuvashev, honored coach of Russia in gymnastics Nadezhda Nabokova, honored teacher of Russian Federation Gildagart Bott, cardiovascular surgeon Maksim Strakhov, and popular blogger Sergey Dolya.

More than 300 participants Relay are people with disabilities. The youngest torchbearer is from Kalmykia, at only 14 years old, and the oldest is from Vologda Region, already aged 93. The average age of 30% of the torchbearers is 20-30 years. The most common surnames among the torchbearers are Ivanov, Petrov and Kuznetsov, and the most common names - are Aleksandr, Sergey and Aleksey.

The selected torchbearers also include 136 representatives of foreign states: citizens of the United States, Brazil, Japan, Korea, Sweden, Ukraine, as well as nationals of Great Britain and Spain.

The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee continues to process and approve the Olympic torchbearer application forms. The final agreed list of 14,000 people will be created by the end of September 2013.

Each candidate selected to be an official torchbearer of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Flame will receive an email to the address, which was indicated on the application form either by the candidate or the person who nominated him/her. The email will contain a celebratory message from the Organizing Committee as well as instructions on further steps to be taken.

As soon as the candidates are approved by the Organizing Committee, the names of the torchbearers will be published on the Olympic Torch Relay website: torchrelay.sochi2014.com, in the section of the region in which the torchbearers will run.

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