Unique journey of the Sochi Olympic torch

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From the North Pole to a volcano to outer space, the Olympic torch has been on an incredible road to Sochi. This year's torch relay is the longest in Olympic history, the torch will cover 39,000 miles in only four months. Keep track of the incredible journey here!

In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, Olympic torch bearer Evgeniy Komarov rides a bicycle with an Olympic torch at a velodrome during the torch relay in Saransk, Mordoviya republic, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, Olympic torch bearer Evgeniy Komarov rides a bicycle with an Olympic torch at a velodrome during the torch relay in Saransk, Mordoviya republic, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, Olympic torch bearer Evgeniy Komarov rides a bicycle with an Olympic torch at a velodrome during the torch relay in Saransk, Mordoviya republic, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, Olympic torch bearer Alexander Tabachnikov carries an Olympic torch on a hovercraft during the torch relay in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, Olympic torch bearer Alexander Tabachnikov carries an Olympic torch on a hovercraft during the torch relay in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, Olympic torch bearer Alexander Tabachnikov carries an Olympic torch on a hovercraft during the torch relay in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, torch bearer Viktoria Panurina rides on a troika, a traditional Russian sled pulled by three horses, during the Olympic torch relay in Penza, some 600 kilometers (370 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, torch bearer Viktoria Panurina rides on a troika, a traditional Russian sled pulled by three horses, during the Olympic torch relay in Penza, some 600 kilometers (370 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, torch bearer Viktoria Panurina rides on a troika, a traditional Russian sled pulled by three horses, during the Olympic torch relay in Penza, some 600 kilometers (370 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, torch bearers Yuri Sarayev and Alina Mozhachkina pose with Olympic torches during the Olympic torch relay in front of a Plane monument in Penza, some 600 kilometers (370 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, torch bearers Yuri Sarayev and Alina Mozhachkina pose with Olympic torches during the Olympic torch relay in front of a Plane monument in Penza, some 600 kilometers (370 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, torch bearers Yuri Sarayev and Alina Mozhachkina pose with Olympic torches during the Olympic torch relay in front of a Plane monument in Penza, some 600 kilometers (370 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, Olympic torch bearers Nataliya Shalaeva, left, and Valeriy Gontar, right, hold Olympic torches during the torch relay in Saransk, Mordoviya republic, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, Olympic torch bearers Nataliya Shalaeva, left, and Valeriy Gontar, right, hold Olympic torches during the torch relay in Saransk, Mordoviya republic, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, Olympic torch bearers Nataliya Shalaeva, left, and Valeriy Gontar, right, hold Olympic torches during the torch relay in Saransk, Mordoviya republic, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, performers dressed in folk costumes dance during a welcome ceremony of the Olympic torch relay at a railway terminal in Saransk, the provincial capital of Mordovia region, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, performers dressed in folk costumes dance during a welcome ceremony of the Olympic torch relay at a railway terminal in Saransk, the provincial capital of Mordovia region, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, performers dressed in folk costumes dance during a welcome ceremony of the Olympic torch relay at a railway terminal in Saransk, the provincial capital of Mordovia region, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The 65,000-kilometer (40,389 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay at Avachinsky Volcano, on the Kamchtka Peninsula, in Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7, 2013, in Moscow will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay at Avachinsky Volcano, on the Kamchtka Peninsula, in Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7, 2013, in Moscow will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay at Avachinsky Volcano, on the Kamchtka Peninsula, in Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7, 2013, in Moscow will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch as he takes it on a spacewalk as Russian astronaut Sergei Ryazansky prepares the camera outside the International Space Station in this still image taken from video courtesy of NASA TV, November 9, 2013. A pair of Russian cosmonauts took the Olympic torch into open space for the first time in history on Saturday as part of the torch relay of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. REUTERS/NASA TV/Handout via Reuters (OUTER SPACE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT OLYMPICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch as he takes it on a spacewalk as Russian astronaut Sergei Ryazansky prepares the camera outside the International Space Station
Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch as he takes it on a spacewalk as Russian astronaut Sergei Ryazansky prepares the camera outside the International Space Station in this still image taken from video courtesy of NASA TV, November 9, 2013. A pair of Russian cosmonauts took the Olympic torch into open space for the first time in history on Saturday as part of the torch relay of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. REUTERS/NASA TV/Handout via Reuters (OUTER SPACE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT OLYMPICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 and made available on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, a group of torch bearers hold an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean. The nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of the Victory) is in the background. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (AP Photo/Sergei Dolya)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 and made available on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, a group of torch bearers hold an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean. The nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of the Victory) is in the background. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (AP Photo/Sergei Dolya)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 and made available on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, a group of torch bearers hold an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean. The nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of the Victory) is in the background. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (AP Photo/Sergei Dolya)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch as he rides in a sled pulled by dogs during the torch relay near the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch as he rides in a sled pulled by dogs during the torch relay near the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch as he rides in a sled pulled by dogs during the torch relay near the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
Russian two-time figure skating world champion Irina Slutskaya holds a lamp with Olympic flame at 337 m ( 1105.6 ft) height at Ostankino TV tower in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Russian two-time figure skating world champion Irina Slutskaya holds a lamp with Olympic flame at 337 m ( 1105.6 ft) height at Ostankino TV tower in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Russian two-time figure skating world champion Irina Slutskaya holds a lamp with Olympic flame at 337 m ( 1105.6 ft) height at Ostankino TV tower in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, a torch bearer holds an Olympic torch aboard a boat crossing Avacha Bay during the torch relay near the Russian Far East city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, a torch bearer holds an Olympic torch aboard a boat crossing Avacha Bay during the torch relay near the Russian Far East city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, a torch bearer holds an Olympic torch aboard a boat crossing Avacha Bay during the torch relay near the Russian Far East city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay at Avachinsky Volcano, on the Kamchtka Peninsula, in Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7, 2013, in Moscow will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay at Avachinsky Volcano, on the Kamchtka Peninsula, in Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7, 2013, in Moscow will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay at Avachinsky Volcano, on the Kamchtka Peninsula, in Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7, 2013, in Moscow will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch as he takes it on a spacewalk as Russian astronaut Sergei Ryazansky prepares the camera outside the International Space Station in this still image taken from video courtesy of NASA TV, November 9, 2013. A pair of Russian cosmonauts took the Olympic torch into open space for the first time in history on Saturday as part of the torch relay of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. REUTERS/NASA TV/Handout via Reuters (OUTER SPACE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT OLYMPICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch as he takes it on a spacewalk as Russian astronaut Sergei Ryazansky prepares the camera outside the International Space Station
Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch as he takes it on a spacewalk as Russian astronaut Sergei Ryazansky prepares the camera outside the International Space Station in this still image taken from video courtesy of NASA TV, November 9, 2013. A pair of Russian cosmonauts took the Olympic torch into open space for the first time in history on Saturday as part of the torch relay of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. REUTERS/NASA TV/Handout via Reuters (OUTER SPACE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT OLYMPICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 and made available on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, a group of torch bearers hold an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean. The nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of the Victory) is in the background. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (AP Photo/Sergei Dolya)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 and made available on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, a group of torch bearers hold an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean. The nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of the Victory) is in the background. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (AP Photo/Sergei Dolya)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 and made available on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, a group of torch bearers hold an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean. The nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of the Victory) is in the background. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (AP Photo/Sergei Dolya)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay at Avachinsky Volcano, on the Kamchtka Peninsula, in Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7, 2013, in Moscow will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay at Avachinsky Volcano, on the Kamchtka Peninsula, in Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7, 2013, in Moscow will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay at Avachinsky Volcano, on the Kamchtka Peninsula, in Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7, 2013, in Moscow will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch as he takes it on a spacewalk as Russian astronaut Sergei Ryazansky prepares the camera outside the International Space Station in this still image taken from video courtesy of NASA TV, November 9, 2013. A pair of Russian cosmonauts took the Olympic torch into open space for the first time in history on Saturday as part of the torch relay of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. REUTERS/NASA TV/Handout via Reuters (OUTER SPACE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT OLYMPICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch as he takes it on a spacewalk as Russian astronaut Sergei Ryazansky prepares the camera outside the International Space Station
Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch as he takes it on a spacewalk as Russian astronaut Sergei Ryazansky prepares the camera outside the International Space Station in this still image taken from video courtesy of NASA TV, November 9, 2013. A pair of Russian cosmonauts took the Olympic torch into open space for the first time in history on Saturday as part of the torch relay of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. REUTERS/NASA TV/Handout via Reuters (OUTER SPACE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT OLYMPICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 and made available on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, a group of torch bearers hold an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean. The nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of the Victory) is in the background. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (AP Photo/Sergei Dolya)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 and made available on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, a group of torch bearers hold an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean. The nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of the Victory) is in the background. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (AP Photo/Sergei Dolya)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 and made available on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, a group of torch bearers hold an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean. The nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of the Victory) is in the background. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (AP Photo/Sergei Dolya)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch as he rides in a sled pulled by dogs during the torch relay near the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch as he rides in a sled pulled by dogs during the torch relay near the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch as he rides in a sled pulled by dogs during the torch relay near the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
Russian two-time figure skating world champion Irina Slutskaya holds a lamp with Olympic flame at 337 m ( 1105.6 ft) height at Ostankino TV tower in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Russian two-time figure skating world champion Irina Slutskaya holds a lamp with Olympic flame at 337 m ( 1105.6 ft) height at Ostankino TV tower in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Russian two-time figure skating world champion Irina Slutskaya holds a lamp with Olympic flame at 337 m ( 1105.6 ft) height at Ostankino TV tower in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, a torch bearer holds an Olympic torch aboard a boat crossing Avacha Bay during the torch relay near the Russian Far East city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, a torch bearer holds an Olympic torch aboard a boat crossing Avacha Bay during the torch relay near the Russian Far East city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, a torch bearer holds an Olympic torch aboard a boat crossing Avacha Bay during the torch relay near the Russian Far East city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay at Avachinsky Volcano, on the Kamchtka Peninsula, in Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7, 2013, in Moscow will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay at Avachinsky Volcano, on the Kamchtka Peninsula, in Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7, 2013, in Moscow will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay at Avachinsky Volcano, on the Kamchtka Peninsula, in Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7, 2013, in Moscow will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch as he takes it on a spacewalk as Russian astronaut Sergei Ryazansky prepares the camera outside the International Space Station in this still image taken from video courtesy of NASA TV, November 9, 2013. A pair of Russian cosmonauts took the Olympic torch into open space for the first time in history on Saturday as part of the torch relay of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. REUTERS/NASA TV/Handout via Reuters (OUTER SPACE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT OLYMPICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch as he takes it on a spacewalk as Russian astronaut Sergei Ryazansky prepares the camera outside the International Space Station
Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch as he takes it on a spacewalk as Russian astronaut Sergei Ryazansky prepares the camera outside the International Space Station in this still image taken from video courtesy of NASA TV, November 9, 2013. A pair of Russian cosmonauts took the Olympic torch into open space for the first time in history on Saturday as part of the torch relay of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. REUTERS/NASA TV/Handout via Reuters (OUTER SPACE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT OLYMPICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 and made available on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, a group of torch bearers hold an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean. The nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of the Victory) is in the background. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (AP Photo/Sergei Dolya)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 and made available on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, a group of torch bearers hold an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean. The nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of the Victory) is in the background. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (AP Photo/Sergei Dolya)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 and made available on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, a group of torch bearers hold an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean. The nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of the Victory) is in the background. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (AP Photo/Sergei Dolya)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch as he rides in a sled pulled by dogs during the torch relay near the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch as he rides in a sled pulled by dogs during the torch relay near the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch as he rides in a sled pulled by dogs during the torch relay near the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
Russian two-time figure skating world champion Irina Slutskaya holds a lamp with Olympic flame at 337 m ( 1105.6 ft) height at Ostankino TV tower in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Russian two-time figure skating world champion Irina Slutskaya holds a lamp with Olympic flame at 337 m ( 1105.6 ft) height at Ostankino TV tower in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Russian two-time figure skating world champion Irina Slutskaya holds a lamp with Olympic flame at 337 m ( 1105.6 ft) height at Ostankino TV tower in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, a torch bearer holds an Olympic torch aboard a boat crossing Avacha Bay during the torch relay near the Russian Far East city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, a torch bearer holds an Olympic torch aboard a boat crossing Avacha Bay during the torch relay near the Russian Far East city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, a torch bearer holds an Olympic torch aboard a boat crossing Avacha Bay during the torch relay near the Russian Far East city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this Saturday, Oct .12, 2013 photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, Viktor Vladenkov and Anastasiya Tolcheva hold their torches during an Olympic flame relay in the city of Smolensk, Moscow region. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this Saturday, Oct .12, 2013 photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, Viktor Vladenkov and Anastasiya Tolcheva hold their torches during an Olympic flame relay in the city of Smolensk, Moscow region. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this Saturday, Oct .12, 2013 photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, Viktor Vladenkov and Anastasiya Tolcheva hold their torches during an Olympic flame relay in the city of Smolensk, Moscow region. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
Soyuz TMA-09M capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew members, Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russia, Karen Nyberg of the United States and Luca Parmitano of Italy, descends with a parachute before landing in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. The Russian space capsule carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and the three astronauts returned to Earth on Monday from the ISS in a flawless landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Shamil Zhumatov, Pool)
Soyuz TMA-09M capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew members, Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russia, Karen Nyberg of the United States and Luca Parmitano of Italy, descends with a parachute before landing in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. The Russian space capsule carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and the three astronauts returned to Earth on Monday from the ISS in a flawless landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Shamil Zhumatov, Pool)
Soyuz TMA-09M capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew members, Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russia, Karen Nyberg of the United States and Luca Parmitano of Italy, descends with a parachute before landing in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. The Russian space capsule carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and the three astronauts returned to Earth on Monday from the ISS in a flawless landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Shamil Zhumatov, Pool)
In this photo provided by olympictorch2014.com made Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, torch bearer Nadezhda Torlopova with an Olympic torch rides in a traditional Russian horse carriage during a relay in the Russian ancient city of Kostroma, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by olympictorch2014.com made Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, torch bearer Nadezhda Torlopova with an Olympic torch rides in a traditional Russian horse carriage during a relay in the Russian ancient city of Kostroma, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by olympictorch2014.com made Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, torch bearer Nadezhda Torlopova with an Olympic torch rides in a traditional Russian horse carriage during a relay in the Russian ancient city of Kostroma, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 and provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay in Anadyr, a port town and the administrative center of Chukotka, Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 and provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay in Anadyr, a port town and the administrative center of Chukotka, Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 and provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay in Anadyr, a port town and the administrative center of Chukotka, Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch posing with local residents dressed in stylized national costumes during the torch relay in the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch posing with local residents dressed in stylized national costumes during the torch relay in the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch posing with local residents dressed in stylized national costumes during the torch relay in the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay at Avachinsky Volcano, on the Kamchtka Peninsula, in Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7, 2013, in Moscow will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay at Avachinsky Volcano, on the Kamchtka Peninsula, in Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7, 2013, in Moscow will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay at Avachinsky Volcano, on the Kamchtka Peninsula, in Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7, 2013, in Moscow will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch as he takes it on a spacewalk as Russian astronaut Sergei Ryazansky prepares the camera outside the International Space Station in this still image taken from video courtesy of NASA TV, November 9, 2013. A pair of Russian cosmonauts took the Olympic torch into open space for the first time in history on Saturday as part of the torch relay of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. REUTERS/NASA TV/Handout via Reuters (OUTER SPACE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT OLYMPICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch as he takes it on a spacewalk as Russian astronaut Sergei Ryazansky prepares the camera outside the International Space Station
Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch as he takes it on a spacewalk as Russian astronaut Sergei Ryazansky prepares the camera outside the International Space Station in this still image taken from video courtesy of NASA TV, November 9, 2013. A pair of Russian cosmonauts took the Olympic torch into open space for the first time in history on Saturday as part of the torch relay of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. REUTERS/NASA TV/Handout via Reuters (OUTER SPACE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT OLYMPICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 and made available on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, a group of torch bearers hold an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean. The nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of the Victory) is in the background. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (AP Photo/Sergei Dolya)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 and made available on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, a group of torch bearers hold an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean. The nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of the Victory) is in the background. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (AP Photo/Sergei Dolya)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 and made available on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, a group of torch bearers hold an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean. The nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of the Victory) is in the background. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (AP Photo/Sergei Dolya)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch as he rides in a sled pulled by dogs during the torch relay near the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch as he rides in a sled pulled by dogs during the torch relay near the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch as he rides in a sled pulled by dogs during the torch relay near the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
Russian two-time figure skating world champion Irina Slutskaya holds a lamp with Olympic flame at 337 m ( 1105.6 ft) height at Ostankino TV tower in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Russian two-time figure skating world champion Irina Slutskaya holds a lamp with Olympic flame at 337 m ( 1105.6 ft) height at Ostankino TV tower in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Russian two-time figure skating world champion Irina Slutskaya holds a lamp with Olympic flame at 337 m ( 1105.6 ft) height at Ostankino TV tower in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, a torch bearer holds an Olympic torch aboard a boat crossing Avacha Bay during the torch relay near the Russian Far East city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, a torch bearer holds an Olympic torch aboard a boat crossing Avacha Bay during the torch relay near the Russian Far East city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, a torch bearer holds an Olympic torch aboard a boat crossing Avacha Bay during the torch relay near the Russian Far East city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this Saturday, Oct .12, 2013 photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, Viktor Vladenkov and Anastasiya Tolcheva hold their torches during an Olympic flame relay in the city of Smolensk, Moscow region. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this Saturday, Oct .12, 2013 photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, Viktor Vladenkov and Anastasiya Tolcheva hold their torches during an Olympic flame relay in the city of Smolensk, Moscow region. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this Saturday, Oct .12, 2013 photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com, Viktor Vladenkov and Anastasiya Tolcheva hold their torches during an Olympic flame relay in the city of Smolensk, Moscow region. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began Monday in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
Soyuz TMA-09M capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew members, Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russia, Karen Nyberg of the United States and Luca Parmitano of Italy, descends with a parachute before landing in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. The Russian space capsule carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and the three astronauts returned to Earth on Monday from the ISS in a flawless landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Shamil Zhumatov, Pool)
Soyuz TMA-09M capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew members, Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russia, Karen Nyberg of the United States and Luca Parmitano of Italy, descends with a parachute before landing in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. The Russian space capsule carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and the three astronauts returned to Earth on Monday from the ISS in a flawless landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Shamil Zhumatov, Pool)
Soyuz TMA-09M capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew members, Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russia, Karen Nyberg of the United States and Luca Parmitano of Italy, descends with a parachute before landing in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. The Russian space capsule carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and the three astronauts returned to Earth on Monday from the ISS in a flawless landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Shamil Zhumatov, Pool)
In this photo provided by olympictorch2014.com made Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, torch bearer Nadezhda Torlopova with an Olympic torch rides in a traditional Russian horse carriage during a relay in the Russian ancient city of Kostroma, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by olympictorch2014.com made Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, torch bearer Nadezhda Torlopova with an Olympic torch rides in a traditional Russian horse carriage during a relay in the Russian ancient city of Kostroma, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by olympictorch2014.com made Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, torch bearer Nadezhda Torlopova with an Olympic torch rides in a traditional Russian horse carriage during a relay in the Russian ancient city of Kostroma, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 and provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay in Anadyr, a port town and the administrative center of Chukotka, Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 and provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay in Anadyr, a port town and the administrative center of Chukotka, Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo taken on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 and provided by Olympictorch2014.com, an Olympic torch bearer holds an Olympic torch during the torch relay in Anadyr, a port town and the administrative center of Chukotka, Russia. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch posing with local residents dressed in stylized national costumes during the torch relay in the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch posing with local residents dressed in stylized national costumes during the torch relay in the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch posing with local residents dressed in stylized national costumes during the torch relay in the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
Russian torchbearer Alexander Ovechkin, a professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals, leaves the monument of Pierre de Coubertin during the Greek part of the 2014 Sochi torch relay at ancient Olympia in Greece September 29, 2013. (REUTERS/Dimitri Messinis)
Lighting the Olympic Flame
Russian torchbearer Alexander Ovechkin, a professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals, leaves the monument of Pierre de Coubertin during the Greek part of the 2014 Sochi torch relay at ancient Olympia in Greece September 29, 2013. (REUTERS/Dimitri Messinis)
Greek actress Ino Menegaki playing the role of High Priestess passes the Olympic flame to Greek skier Yannis Andoniou (R), the first torchbearer of the 2014 Sochi torch relay, during a torch lighting ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece September 29, 2013. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch was lit in ancient Olympia on Sunday, heralding the start of what will be the longest torch relay for any Winter Games, including a trip to space. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS ENTERTAINMENT)
Greek actress Menegaki, playing the role of High Priestess, passes the flame to Greek skier Andoniou during a torch lighting ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia
Greek actress Ino Menegaki playing the role of High Priestess passes the Olympic flame to Greek skier Yannis Andoniou (R), the first torchbearer of the 2014 Sochi torch relay, during a torch lighting ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece September 29, 2013. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch was lit in ancient Olympia on Sunday, heralding the start of what will be the longest torch relay for any Winter Games, including a trip to space. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS ENTERTAINMENT)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch posing with local residents dressed in stylized national costumes during the torch relay in the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch posing with local residents dressed in stylized national costumes during the torch relay in the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com a torch bearer holds Olympic torch posing with local residents dressed in stylized national costumes during the torch relay in the Siberian city of Yakutsk, about 4,830 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The relay for the Sochi Winter Games, which began on Oct. 7 2013 in Moscow, will pass through many cities that showcase the historical, cultural and ethnic richness of Russia. (AP Photo/Olympictorch2014.com)
Russian torchbearer Alexander Ovechkin, a professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals, leaves the monument of Pierre de Coubertin during the Greek part of the 2014 Sochi torch relay at ancient Olympia in Greece September 29, 2013. (REUTERS/Dimitri Messinis)
Lighting the Olympic Flame
Russian torchbearer Alexander Ovechkin, a professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals, leaves the monument of Pierre de Coubertin during the Greek part of the 2014 Sochi torch relay at ancient Olympia in Greece September 29, 2013. (REUTERS/Dimitri Messinis)
Greek actress Ino Menegaki playing the role of High Priestess passes the Olympic flame to Greek skier Yannis Andoniou (R), the first torchbearer of the 2014 Sochi torch relay, during a torch lighting ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece September 29, 2013. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch was lit in ancient Olympia on Sunday, heralding the start of what will be the longest torch relay for any Winter Games, including a trip to space. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS ENTERTAINMENT)
Greek actress Menegaki, playing the role of High Priestess, passes the flame to Greek skier Andoniou during a torch lighting ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia
Greek actress Ino Menegaki playing the role of High Priestess passes the Olympic flame to Greek skier Yannis Andoniou (R), the first torchbearer of the 2014 Sochi torch relay, during a torch lighting ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece September 29, 2013. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch was lit in ancient Olympia on Sunday, heralding the start of what will be the longest torch relay for any Winter Games, including a trip to space. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS ENTERTAINMENT)

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