Winter Olympics 2014 Torch Route: Full Map, Key Dates for Sochi and Preview

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor INovember 5, 2013

ATHENS, GREECE - OCTOBER 05: A woman lights the Olympic Flame during the Olympic Torch Handover Ceremony, on October 05, 2013 in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Michalis Karagiannis/Getty Images)
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The journey of the Olympic torch, which signifies the approach of the highly anticipated Winter Games, is currently making its long trek across Russia. 

As is customary before every set of Games, the torch was lit in Olympia following a traditional ceremony. Before it finally finishes its triumphant march to Sochi, the torch, according to the Games' official website, will travel over 56,000 kilometers (just under 35,000 miles) and be carried by a record number of torchbearers. 

Alpine skier Giannis Antoniou was the first bearer in Olympia, where he handed it off to famed Russian hockey player Alexander Ovechkin:

The torch then made its way through Greece before finally arriving in Russian capital Moscow on Oct. 7, signalling the beginning of its route through Russia.   

As it travels through the massive country, the torch will touch over 130 cities, transporting via plane, train, car, reindeer sleigh and even space shuttle. It will go to the highest mountain (Mount Elbrus) and dive to the bottom of the deepest lake (Lake Baikal).

Finally, on Feb. 7, it will arrive in Sochi and the 2014 Winter Olympics will officially commence.

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You can view the complete map, which shows where the torch has been and where it's headed, right here, via 

Key Dates

Nov. 7: The Torch Goes to Space

According to the Associated Press' Dmitry Lovetsky, via ABC News, the torch will take the first spacewalk in history.

A Russian shuttle will take off on Thursday morning (Nov. 7) from Kazakhstan, carrying the torch to the International Space Station.

It won't be the first time the torch has entered space, but the cosmonauts—Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazanskiy—plan on becoming the first ever to take it outside the space station.

Hold on tight, guys. 

Feb. 7: Alexey Voyevoda Carries the Torch to Sochi

WHISTLER, BC - FEBRUARY 22:  Alexsandr Zubkov (L) and Alexey Voevoda of Russia receive the bronze medal during the medal ceremony for the men's two-man bobsleigh on day 11 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Whistler Medals Plaza on February 22, 2010
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Alexey Voyevoda, who was born in Sochi, has won two Olympic medals as a bobsledder. He took home silver at Turin in 2006 in the four-man competition and bronze at Vancouver in 2010 in the two-man. 

The 33-year-old, who is also a recognized arm wrestler, will get the distinguished honor to carry the torch in his hometown and host city.