Olympic Torch Run Longest Ever

By: NBC
By: NBC
The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch was lit in ancient Olympia on Sunday (September 29), heralding the start of what will be the longest torch relay for any Winter Games, including a trip to space. (Source: RTV/CBS)

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch was lit in ancient Olympia on Sunday (September 29), heralding the start of what will be the longest torch relay for any Winter Games, including a trip to space. (Source: RTV/CBS)

Russia's Olympic flame continues its journey to become the longest torch relay for any winter games. The flame was lit in Greece on Sunday, and is now making its way through Russia, covering the country's nine time zones and even a trip to space.

14,000 torchbearers will take part in history, carrying the torch via hot air balloon, dog sled, snow mobiles, and even a reindeer. Around 16,000 torches will be used in the relay that will cover over 40,000 miles.

Manufacturers say each torch is designed to burn for eight minutes and can survive severe weather conditions, withstanding subzero temperatures and torrential rain.

The torch relay will take over 123 days.


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