Sochi 2014 names first Torchbearers for Olympic Torch Relay
With the Olympic flame due to arrive in Russia in three months’ time, the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee has already approved approximately half of the torchbearers for the Olympic Torch Relay.
Successful candidates were selected, among other things, for their commitment to a healthy lifestyle, sport and the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.
The Sochi 2014 torchbearers chosen so far include athletes, public figures, teachers, doctors, rescue workers and pensioners, among many others.
Those who will have the honour of carrying the Olympic flame during the Torch Relay include the world's first female cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, four-time Olympic gymnastics champion Alexei Nemov, three-time Olympic synchronised swimming champion Maria Kiseleva, Paralympic bronze medallist Aleksey Chuvashev, cardiovascular surgeon Maksim Strakhov and popular blogger Sergey Dolya.
The youngest torchbearer chosen so far is only 14 years old, while the oldest, from the Vologda Region, is aged 93. More than 300 of the Relay participants are people with disabilities.
Over the next two months, the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee will continue to process and approve the Olympic torchbearer application forms, with the final list of 14,000 people due to be published by the end of September.