In the remaining one hundred days, the team will push itself to the limit, however support helps the athlete no less than training, so we await you all in the stands at Sochi!
The Olympics in Sochi are a great help for the development of this region and Russia as a whole.
The Olympic torch will be symbolizing the union of different nationalities working together on the ISS. I am glad that we are able to connect such big events as work on the station and the Olympic Games.
With 100 days to go before the start of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi we are ready. The Olympic spirit is sweeping across the country and city, and the Olympic venues await their guests. We are in the home stretch, as the athletes complete their training; volunteers from across the country are preparing to come to Sochi; and the staff of the Organizing Committee are working hard and taking history’s longest national Olympic Torch Relay to the people of Russia. We are all hugely excited about welcoming the world to Sochi and are looking forward to that special moment on February 7, 2014, when the Olympic cauldron will be lit at the Fisht Olympic stadium, signaling the start of Russia’s first Olympic Winter Games.
On my first visit to Sochi as the IOC President, I was delighted to meet with members of the Sochi 2014 Team that will deliver the first Olympic Winter Games in the history of Russia in just a few months time. As the Olympic flame makes its way across this great country, we can see that the anticipation ahead of the Games is growing and that the Olympic spirit is flourishing here in Russia. I am confident that Sochi 2014 and its partners are doing everything they can to ensure that these Games will be a great sporting celebration.
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.
Our country will proudly host the Winter Games for the first time in 2014 in Sochi. This is a great opportunity to celebrate both Russia’s sporting legacy and to back our Olympic athletes, who will show their talent to the world and inspire future generations. I am very excited that Russian fans will get to experience the spirit of the Olympic Games first hand and lend their invaluable support to the athletes from around the world.
This relay will be truly unique. The Olympic Flame will travel 65,000 kilometers. Its journey will pass through all our regions and show Russia to the world for what it is, and how we love it. It will show the variety, scope, originality, beauty and richness of nature, and the unique culture and achievements of our multinational people. I am sure that the relay will inflame the hearts of millions of people. And the Olympic Torch, the prototype of which is the feather of the magic Firebird, will bring joy and success to millions of people in our country.
The longest Olympic Torch Relay is a unique opportunity to unite the nation and draw people's attention to the major event taking place in our country. Without doubt, the Olympics will present the new face of modern Russia and become one of our evident achievements of 2014.
It was a great honor for me to become the first Russian torchbearer. I am really happy and proud to have been at the Lighting Ceremony of the Olympic Torch for it is precisely this event that launches the largest national Olympic Torch Relay in Olympic history.