The Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay to travel to the North Pole
Together with the Olympic flame, Rosatom's icebreaker “50 лет Победы” ("50 years of victory") has embarked on its latest Arctic expedition. Over the course of 15 days, it will cover more than 5 thousand kilometers on its journey from Murmansk to the North Pole and back again. The Olympic flame will be lit in the very heart of the Arctic Circle as the first of four Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay special projects. The Presenting Partners of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay are the Coca-Cola Company, OSAO "Ingosstrakh" and OAO "RZD".
At the Rosatom State Corporation fleet base in Murmansk, the icebreaker's team set off for the most northern point on the planet, accompanied by music of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay, performed by the Military Orchestra of the Northern Icebreaker Fleet of the Russian Navy.
Throughout its journey, the Olympic flame will be kept in a special Lantern. The North Pole Relay leg will be conducted on board the icebreaker and on the ice cap. The official Lighting Ceremony of this special visit will take place at the Geographical North Pole.
The "North Pole" special project, which is one of the largest and most challenging projects of the Relay, was made possible thanks to the Technical Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay, the "Rosatom" State Corporation. The corporation is responsible for the transportation of the Torch, the safe arrival and departure of expedition members from the North Pole, and the organization of the Lighting Ceremony, as well as the provision of food and medical services to the Relay team and the accompanying members of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee.
The North Pole Olympic expedition is being led by a Hero of the Soviet Union and Russia, the honored Arctic and Antarctic explorer, Artur Chilingarov. Lassi Heininen (Finland), Jens Petter Nielsen and Jan-Gunnar Winther (Norway), Ms. Karen (Pat) Pitney (USA), Steingrímur Jónsson (Iceland), Stephen Podborski (Canada), Sjöberg Ylva (Sweden), Marcussen Christian (Denmark) and Elena Koudryasheva (Russia) will accompany the Olympic flame on its North Pole journey. Each of the torchbearers has significantly contributed to the study of the Arctic and the conservation of its natural resources, animals and ecology.
The President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, said:
"The "North Pole" special project makes the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay truly unique. Thanks to the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee and the Rosatom State Corporation, the Olympic Flame will be lit and carried for the first time at the North Pole. I am certain that this symbolic Olympic journey will offer the world an opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking and extraordinarily delicate beauty of the planet's most northern point!"
The expedition's leader, Artur Chilingarov, noted:
"It is the first time in history that the Olympic flame will visit a place known as the "top of the world". It is a meeting point of longitudinal meridians and time zones, where the very concept of time loses all meaning. I believe that carrying the Olympic flame to this very place is highly symbolic given that the Olympic values have endured for hundreds of years."
The captain of the "50 years of Victory" icebreaker, Valentin Davydyants, highlighted:
"Today, we are setting off on one of the most spectacular journeys of the icebreaker's life, illustrated by the symbol of having the Olympic flame on board our ship! I am sure that this expedition will become a part of the history of the Olympic Movement and will become a "hallmark" of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay."
Notes to the Editor
The Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay
The Olympic Torch Relay got under way in Sochi on 7 October 2013. According to the organizers' calculations, 90% of the Russian population will be within an hour's reach of the Torch Relay route at some time or another, and this means that approximately 130 million Russian citizens will be able to watch or participate directly in the Relay. In total, it will cover more than 65,000 kilometers, including by car, train, plane, Russian troika and even reindeer sleigh.
The Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay is going to be the longest in the entire history of the Olympic Winter Games. During the Olympic Torch Relay 14,000 torchbearers will carry the Sochi 2014 Olympic torch through 2,900 settlements of 83 regions of the country. The Relay will end with the Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony in Sochi on February 7, 2014.
Presenting Partners of the Torch Relay are Coca-Cola, OSAO "Ingosstrakh" and OAO "Russian Railways".
Rosatom Nuclear Energy State Corporation
Rosatom is the largest generating company in Russia. Rosatom is also responsible for Russia’s icebreaker fleet through its subsidiary FSUE “Atomflot”. The General Director of the State Corporation Rosatom is Sergey Kirienko
FSUE "Atmoflot" - Federal State Unitary Enterprise "ATOMFLOT" of "Rosatom" State Corporation serves to provide maintenance and technological service for nuclear icebreakers and auxiliary vessels.
The main areas of activity of the FSUE Atomflot are icebreaker support for vessel escort along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) and to frozen ports of the Russian Federation; ensuring safe and stable navigation along the NSR and in water areas of frozen ports of the Russian Federation; providing expeditionary scientific research work for studying the hydrometeorological conditions of the sea and mineral resources of the arctic shelf adjacent to the northern coast of the Russian Federation; providing emergency recovery operations in ice on the water area of the NSR and near arctic frozen seas; tourist cruises to the North Pole, islands and the Central Arctic Archipelago; work on environmental remediation on the territory of Northwestern Russia; technical services and general and specialized repairs of vessels; and safe handling of nuclear materials and radioactive wastes.
50 years of Victory icebreaker
50 years of Victory is one of the largest ice-breakers in the world. The 160 meter long vessel has a new digital automatic control system installed on board. It is able to overcome an ice cover of 2.8 m and achieves speeds of 18 knots per hour. The vessel offers an environmental compartment, providing the latest equipment for the collection and disposal of all waste. The official Sochi 2014 OTR Marks are displayed on board the icebreaker during the expedition.
The Presenting Partners for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay
The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company is the largest producer in the world of non-alcoholic drinks products. It offers consumers more than 500 brands of carbonated and non-carbonated beverages. Along with the Coca-Cola brand, which is recognized as the most valuable in the world, the company's portfolio includes 15 brands, the value of which amounts to over one billion dollars.
Thanks to the largest distribution system in the world, consumers in more than 200 countries around the world enjoy Coca-Cola beverages. Every day, over 1.8 billion portions of the company's beverages are sold internationally.
Coca-Cola in Russia – Coca-Cola is one of the biggest investors in the Russian economy. Coca-Cola's level of investment in Russia currently exceeds 3 billion dollars. Beverages with Coca-Cola registered trademarks are produced at 16 modern plants located on Russian territory from Saint Petersburg to Vladivostok (including plants of companies "Multon" and "Nidan").
Coca-Cola Russia, which is an amalgamation of the company Coca-Cola and its partner-bottling company Hellenic, provides employment for over 15,000 highly qualified staff.
Over the course of over 100 years, participation of Coca-Cola company in sports events across the world has been and continues to be an integral part of the Company's policy and an important element of the business.
Since 1928, Coca-Cola company has been a partner of the International Olympic Committee.
The Coca-Cola Company is preparing to be a Presenting Partner for the Olympic Torch Relay for the ninth time. The Coca-Cola Company first got involved in organizing the Olympic Torch Relay at the Olympic Games of 1992 in Barcelona.
For more detailed information about the company's activities, please visit the following websites: www.thecocacolacompany.com and www.cocacolarussia.ru
Ingosstrakh Insurance Company has operated in the domestic market since 1947. In 65 years, Ingosstrakh has transformed from a small branch to a large company, a universal insurer at federal level, and is the leader in various types of insurance. Today, branches are located across the country, and there are offices in 310 towns and cities across Russia. Today, the insurance company's clients include over 12 million individuals and more than 400,000 commercial and state companies. Ingosstrakh’s high business reputation is confirmed by Standard & Poor's international rating agency and Russian agency "Expert RA".
The history of interaction between Ingosstrakh and the sports movement spans more than three decades. For Ingosstrakh, the Olympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi are going to be the second Olympic Games that the company has supported in our country. 32 years ago, Ingosstrakh was the supplier of insurance for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, providing insurance cover both during the preparations for the Games and during the competitions themselves. Ingosstrakh actively participated in the insurance of Olympic venues which were constructed before the 1980 Olympics. At that time, the Olympic flame was also protected by Ingosstrakh: the company insured the athletes' torch relay. The policy was active throughout the entire Olympic Torch Relay.
More than 30 years since the 1980 Olympics, Ingosstrakh has again received this great honor. Since October 2010, it has been a Partner: the official insurer of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. Thus, for the second time in its 65-year history, the insurer is supporting one of the most important events in the world of sport: the first Olympic Games in the history of modern Russia, the mission of which is to unite the country, and demonstrate the beauty and diversity of Russia to the world.
OAO "Russian Railways"
OAO "Russian Railways Company" is one of the biggest transport companies in the world, with a network consisting of over 85,000 km of railway lines. Every year the company provides transit for a billion passengers and over 1.2 million tons of freight.
In February 2010, OAO "Russian Railways Company" became a General Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2014.
The company is implementing a range of important projects related to the construction of new railways and stations in the region where the 2014 Games are going to be held, all of which are designed to ensure transit of construction material and equipment during the preparations for the Olympics, and to take competitors and spectators to the competition venues.
All the projects being carried out by OAO "Russian Railways Company" are taking place at unique construction sites, and serve as examples of complex task-solution: they are being created taking account of "barrier-free environment" requirements, so that they can be used by people with disabilities, with the very latest technology and "green building" standards applied.
The infrastructure elements on which OAO "Russian Railways Company" is working will form the main component of the legacy left by the Sochi 2014 Games. The new railway lines and stations will significantly improve passenger comfort on rail journeys, and the volume of passenger and freight transportation by rail will increase.