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Sochi Olympic torch relay: by the numbers

Olympic Torch

One of the Olympic torches rises in front of a poster with the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic logo just outside the Red Square in Moscow, on October 7, 2013, during a ceremony to kick off the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay across Russia. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Sochi 2014 Olympic torch relay officially began in Moscow on Monday, commencing a record-breaking odyssey through Russia and beyond.

Here’s how the Olympic flame will go from Moscow to Sochi for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony Feb. 7, by the numbers:

123 -- days
40,000+ -- miles (Olympic Winter Games torch relay record)
15,817 -- miles by airplane
12,597 -- miles by car
11,016 -- miles by train
1,402 -- miles by helicopter
.6 -- miles by deer
14,000+ -- torchbearers
83 -- regions of Russia

The torch relay will visit the North Pole (from Oct. 30 stop in Murmansk), outer space (International Space Station, blast off Nov. 7), the bottom of the world’s largest freshwater lake (November) and the top of Europe’s highest mountain (February).

Here are photos from the flame’s trip through Moscow:

Svetlana Masterkova

Two-time Olympic track champion Svetlana Masterkova. (AP)



Seven-time Olympic gymnastics medalist Svetlana Khorkina. (Getty Images)

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Prince Albert II of Monaco carries a torch during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay in central Moscow

Five-time Olympic bobsledder and IOC member Prince Albert II of Monaco carries the torch. (Reuters)


Russia Sochi Torch Relay



Valdimir Zeldin

Vladimir Zeldin, 98, a Russian theatre and cinema actor holds his torch during a relay in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Oct. 7, 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)


Olympic Torch

Russian president Vladimir Putin lights a torch in a Red Square ceremony Sunday.

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Olympic Torch

Retired finswimmer Shavarsh Karapetyan sees the flame extinguish and finds a man with a cigarette lighter to reignite it Sunday. (Reuters)


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