Sochi Olympic relay to reach Santa, elves

Maggie Hendricks
Fourth-Place Medal

The Olympics have affected people from all over the world, but until now, the North Pole has been shut out of the Olympic experience. Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves and reindeer have never been a part of the Olympic movement, and that slap in the face was reinforced when Santa was not voted in as a Olympic mascot in 2014.

Kris Kringle will finally get his Olympic day before the 2014 Games. The Sochi organizers will send the Olympic flame on a relay through the North Pole.

Relay runners will for the first time carry the Olympic flame to the North Pole, Russian organizers of the 2014 Winter Games said on Tuesday.

"The most ambitous relay race" ever attempted with an Olympic flame will also take the fire into space and across a 5,000 metre mountain, Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of Russia's Olympic committee, told the news agency Itar-Tass.

Santa, mountain climbers and astronauts, all in one relay race. The relay will start in October and criss-cross Russia. Starting in Moscow, the flame will head to the Pacific port of Vladivostok before heading over mountains and going to the North Pole.

Chernyshenko has pushed the idea of sending the flame to the International Space Station, but that won't be an easy task to accomplish. NASA stopped doing shuttle flights to the ISS earlier this year, and Russia announced today that they will resume flights to space after an accident on an unmanned shuttle in August.

Space would be nice, but we're just happy that Santa is finally getting his Olympic due.

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