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Sochi Olympic torch: A diving, climbing, spacewalking competitor
Sochi Olympic torch: A diving, climbing, spacewalking competitor

By the time that the Olympic caldron is lighted for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the torch relaying the symbolic flame of the competition will have been to the top of Europe's highest mountain, plunged to the depths of the world's deepest lake, reached the North Pole on an icebreaker and accompanied cosmonauts on a spacewalk. In Olympic host nations' undeclared competition for showcasing the torch as it makes its way to the competition venue, the Russian organizers of the Games that open in three months have embarked on an ambitious itinerary. On Thursday, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and six hours later...

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