by: Beth Koehler/Copy Editor
For as long as the Olympics have begun with the torch bearing ceremony, people have sought to make the longest, grandest relay they could; and it seems that this year’s winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, have gone above and beyond into making sure their relay is historical.
As is custom, the torch was lit in Olympia. Giannis Antoniou, an alpine skier, had the honor of being the first bearer, before handing it off to Alexander Ovechkin, a well-known Russian hockey player. The torch was carried all the way from Greece to Russia, having arrived on Oct. 7. From there, the torch made a journey across Russia, and even a brief stint upon a space station.
Of course, the carrying of the Olympic torch is only the icing on the cake of the Olympic Games. The real competition- and therefore, the real entertainment- will begin after the torch arrives in Sochi. Winter events that one has to look forward to include alpine skiing, the biathlon, bobsledding, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, the lunge, the nordic combined, snowboarding, and Speed Skating.
This year’s U.S. Olympic hopefuls include such names as snowboarder Shaun White, skier Ted Ligety and figure skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White, among others. The torch is set to arrive in Sochi on February 7.