The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Torch Relay traveled to cities of the Siberian Federal District. The Flame was lit and torchbearers in 9 Siberian cities passed it to each other. The cities are Omsk, Biysk, Novokuznetsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Gorno-Altaysk, Ulan-Ude, Sayanogorsk, and Seversk. Thus, today a record was set for the number of cities simultaneously participating in the Relay. Among the torchbearers of the Sochi 2014 Relay were the Representing partners nominees - the Coca-Cola company, OSAO Ingosstrakh, OAO Russian Railways and Volkswagen Group Rus.
Twenty torchbearers passed the Flame of the Paralympic Games to each other through Krasnoyarsk. Among them were the great Soviet wall and mountain climber Vladimir Karataev, Deaflympics champion in taekwondo Marina Drozdova, Russian champion in archery for persons with spinal cord injuries Natalia Ryzhov, and winner of the men's 4x100 m relay at the Paralympic Games in London Evgeny Kegelev. The first torch in Krasnoyarsk was lit from a forge fire, at this moment spectators could watch a video about the blacksmiths who forged the first victories for the residents of Krasnoyarsk land - over oneself, the elements and unfriendly local tribes. At the end of the city stage of the Sochi 2014 Torch Relay, the Cauldron was lit by the final torchbearer, track and field coach Alexander Melnikov.
In the city of Biysk in the Altai Region, there were 15 torchbearers, among them were Irina Kolmogorova, Paralympian in London 2012, and Tatiana Ilyuchenko, Paralympic champion, multiple world and European champion in biathlon and cross-country skiing for visually impaired athletes, Sochi 2014's own champion. The first torchbearer was the coach of Paralympic Games champions and medalists, Vladimir Zamyatin. He began after his Torch was lit from the nozzle of a launching rocket, as one of the important sectors of the city's defense industry is the manufacture of rocket fuel. The climax of the city stage of the Sochi 2014 Relay was the lighting the Cauldron by Nikolai Ilyuchenko, multiple champion of the Paralympic Games.
In the city of Novokuznetsk in the Kemerovo Region, the Flame of the Paralympics was lit from the flame of a blast furnace. Fifteen torchbearers, famous residents of the city, passed it to each other on the city's streets. They include Andrei Nikiforov, Kheda Beriev and Larisa Berieva, and Viktor Martynov, Torino 2013 World Masters Games champion for veterans in track and field. Completing the city stage of the Paralympic Torch Relay in Novokuznetsk was Sergei Poddubny, Honored Master of Sport of Russia in table tennis and two-time Paralympian (Beijing and London). Under the gaze of several tens of thousands of spectators, he lit the Cauldron and the festivities were continued by a vibrant concert.
In the capital of the Republic of Altai, Gorno-Altaysk, 10 renowned residents of the city became torchbearers. The Relay stage in Gorno-Altaysk featured a unique method for lighting the Flame - a spark was obtained from a hearth, symbolizing warmth and love, family harmony, and the ability to heal the sick and give strength. The first torchbearer was Tamara Zinovieva, chairwoman of the Republican Public Organization of the Disabled. Paralympic athletes were also among the torchbearers - Alexei Khokhryakov, Chingiz Meirkhanov, Lyudmila Karnaukhova, Roman Maksimov, and Evgeny Kichinekov. The final torchbearer was the Honored Master of Sport of Russia in judo and member of the Russian Deaflympics team, Oygor Taiping, who lit the Cauldron.
The next stage of the Sochi 2014 Torch Relay went to Omsk. The Flame lighting ceremony was held in the Omsk fortress complex, where a spark was obtained from the red-hot metal of a forged Firebird feather, the curved outlines of which are used in the design of the Paralympic Torch. Omsk blacksmith-bogatyrs created the Flame's spark with a hammer and anvil, which symbolizes the birth of a large Flame from just a small spark. In Omsk, the Flame of the Sochi 2014 Paralympics was passed to each other by 100 torchbearers. They include the winner of two gold and two bronze medals at the Deaf World Championship Elena Timirbulatova, three-time Paralympic Games medalist in track and field Vladimir Andryuschenko, London 2012 Paralympians Alexander Kuzyukov, Artur Yusupov and Ivan Prokopiev, two-time world champion Yuri Zikunov, Deaflympic Games champion Elizaveta Truschenko, and Paralympic Games champion Alexey Fomenkov. Yulia Efimova, a Paralympian in fencing, was the final torchbearer in Omsk and she lit the Cauldron.
In the Republic of Khakassia, the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Torch Relay traveled through Sayanogorsk. The 13 torchbearers included: adaptive sports coach Mikhail Khobotov, medalist in the Russian Chess Championship for the blind Ruslan Draganov, Russian champion in sitting volleyball Alexei Maslov, champion of Krasnoyarsk Region and the Republic of Khakassia in table tennis for the disabled Alexander Sokolov, multiple winner of the Russian Championship in alpine sports for the disabled Tatiana Semenova-Asachenko. The first torchbearer's flame was lit by sparks produced from the fire of the shaman on the Altai shore. Torchbearer Vadim Trunov, winner and medalist of competitions and championships in Russia in track and field for persons with spinal cord injuries, completed the Relay stage in Khakassia and then lit the Cauldron.
In Ulan-Ude, 10 torchbearers took part in the city stage of the Relay. The Paralympic Torch Relay in the Republic of Buryatia featured a striking and unusual start - the Paralympic Torch was brought from the Ivolginsky datsan, where it was lit before the Sagaalgan festival (the New Year according to the lunar calendar). Three bogatyrs on horseback passed the spark to the Keepers of the Flame, who lit the first Torch. Among torchbearers in Ulan-Ude were Master of Sport of Russia in archery Sergei Khutakov, and multiple winners and medalists of competitions for people with disabilities: Olga Potemkina, Alexander Efimchuk, Lyudmila Zanabadarova, Sergei Petrov, Sergei Kolodyuk, and Boris Khlebnikov. Completing the Sochi 2014 Relay in Buryatia was Zorigma Rinchindorzhieva, champion in the team competition in archery at the Universiade 88, who lit the Cauldron at the festival's climax.
In Novosibirsk, 20 torchbearers took part in the city stage of the Sochi 2014. At City Start Park, a vibrant show took place dedicated the Paralympic values of Courage, Equality, Determination, and Inspiration. As part of the show, the Flame was lit and from sparks four stars were made, symbolizing the four values. Torchbearers in Novosibirsk included the world champion in wheelchair fencing Maksim Shaburov and bronze medalist at the World Championship in wheelchair fencing Alexander Nedoboiko. A silver medalist in the European Championship for persons with spinal cord injuries in saber fencing and 2012 world champion in wheelchair fencing, Maksim Shaburov was the final torchbearer and lit the Cauldron.
The Tomsk Region welcomed the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Torch Relay in Seversk. The Flame lighting ceremony was held in the form of a flash mob in which people with disabilities participated. They lined up in the shape of huge heart with the Lantern in the center of it. The first torchbearer in Seversk was Evgeny Burmistrov, winner and medalist in table tennis for persons with spinal cord injuries. And completing the procession was athlete Vadim Titov, who lit the Cauldron.
After extinguishing the Cauldron, in each of the nine cities of the Siberian Federal District, the ceremony of the transfer of sparks to Sochi was held. During this ceremony, the symbolic Fire was transferred to the capital of the Paralympic Games, as the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony will be held in Sochi on March 5 in anticipation of the main Cauldron in the Olympic Park.
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Torch Relay
The upcoming Relay promises to be the most innovative and unusual in the history of the Paralympic Games. Each day, the Paralympic Flame will be lit simultaneously in several cities of one of the Russian federal districts. The method of lighting the Flame will change in each region and be a surprise, since each torch Lighting Ceremony will be unique: from the sun's rays, from a hammer and anvil, from a Russian stove, and even from a spark of a volcano! The urban stage will feature a unique process of lighting the Paralympic Flame.
A total of more than 15,000 torchbearers and 4,000 volunteers will take part in the Paralympic Torch Relay. The Relay slogan of "Overcoming. Winning. Inspiring." was chosen for good reason. Paralympic athletes, in spite of everything, find the strength to overcome all difficulties and continue to fight. Participating in sports competitions gives them the joy of victory. Every day they break stereotypes, inspire and instill confidence, exciting fans and viewers worldwide. They all share life stories of overcoming that embody the Paralympic values of courage, equality, determination and inspiration.
A unique Paralympic Flame Uniting Ceremony will be held in Sochi on March 5.
The Relay will conclude at the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on March 7, 2014.
Three special projects are also planned as part of the Relay:
For the first time, the Paralympic Flame will be lit at Cape Dezhneva - the easternmost point of Russia and all Eurasia and the first part of Russia to greet the dawn. For the first time, one of the stages Sochi 2014 Paralympic Torch Relay will be held in the British town of Stoke Mandeville in the county of Buckinghamshire – it is considered the birthplace of the Paralympic Games. The "Russian Knights" Aviation Group will perform aerobatics in the sky over Moscow Region and draw the symbol of the Paralympics – Agitos.
All information about the Paralympic Torch Relay, including the selection of torchbearers, can be found on the special Sochi 2014 Paralympic Torch Relay website: torchrelay.sochi2014.com
The Presenting Partners for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Torch Relay
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. Currently, Coca-Cola investments in Russia exceed 3 billion dollars. Beverages with Coca-Cola registered trade marks 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.
For more detailed information about the company's activities, please visit the following websites: www.thecocacolacompany.com and www.cocacolarussia.ru
OSAO "Ingosstrakh" has operated in the domestic and international markets since 1947. In recent years, "Ingosstrakh" has transformed into a large company, a universal insurer at the federal level and has become a leader in various types of insurance. Today, branches are located across the country, and there are offices in 328 towns and cities across Russia.
Subsidiaries of "Ingosstrakh", forming part of the international "INGO" group, operate in the near and far abroad. The representatives of the insurer operate in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, India and China. 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 the Russian agency "Expert RA."
The story of "Ingosstrakh" is closely linked to the support of sport. In 1980, the company was the general insurer of the XXII Olympic Summer Games in Moscow. More than 30 years later, "Ingosstrakh has become a Partner and official insurer of the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in the City of Sochi.
"Ingosstrakh" is an Official Partner of the Russian and Paralympic Committees (until the end of 2016), as well as a Partner of each of the 2012, 2014 and 2016 Russian Olympic and Paraylmpic teams.
The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi will be the first ever Paralympic Games held in modern Russia. The insurer supports the XI Paralympic Winter Games – the most prestigious competition for athletes with a disability – whose mission is to provide Paralympian athletes of any level and origin opportunities to inspire and excite the world through athletic achievements. The Paralympic Games, without exaggeration, can be called a triumph of fortitude, an absolute victory of will, perseverance, and self-belief. "Ingosstrakh" supports and encourages people who do extraordinary things and inspire others with their achievements.
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.
In preparation for the 2014 Games, the company has implemented a number of important projects to construct and reconstruct railways, railway stations and other transport infrastructure. During the period of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the main task "Russian Railways" has been to transport participants and guests to competition locations.
All OAO "Russian Railways" projects are unique construction venues, the examples of the solution of complex tasks: they are being created taking into account "barrier-free environment" requirements, so that they can be used by people with disabilities, and using the very latest technology and "green building" standards.
OAO "Russian Railways" infrastructure will constitute the bulk of the Games legacy in Sochi in 2014. New railway lines and stations will significantly increase the comfort of journeys, and the volume of passenger and freight train traffic in the region will increase.
Volkswagen Group Rus
"VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus" brings together the work of seven Volkswagen brands: Volkswagen, ŠKODA, Audi, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, SEAT, Bentley and Lamborghini on the Russian market. Since November 2007, "VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus" has been manufacturing cars in Kaluga, 170 km south-west of Moscow. With a total investment of more than one billion euros, the company has become one of the largest investors in the Russian automotive industry. In 2013-2015, the concern will invest another 840 million euros in its plants, new equipment and new products in Russia.
In 2009, "VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus" became a general partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in the city of Sochi in the "Vehicles" category. The Company is providing the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee with 3,000 vehicles (Volkswagen, Audi, ŠKODA and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles) for transporting guests during the preparation and staging of the 2014 Games. Most of the vehicles are produced at the company's plants in Russia.
In June 2013, Volkswagen cars and commercial vehicles became the official automobiles of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay, and a little later of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Torch Relay.
Volkswagen is providing and servicing passenger and commercial vehicles for Paralympic Torch Relay. A Volkswagen Touareg SUV will head the Relay Caravan; models such as Polo, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touran will also take part in the event. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be represented in the motorcade by the Amarok, Caravelle and Crafter models. Several Crafter vans will be converted to the meet the needs of torchbearers with disabilities.