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Olympic flame’s trip to North Pole (photos)

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In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 and made available by olympictorch2014.com on Friday Oct 25, a group of torch bearers hold torches 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 ship as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (AP Photo/olympictorch2014.com)

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The proof is in the pictures. The Olympic flame burned brightly at the North Pole last week, according to photos released Friday.

Eleven scientists from around the world were torchbearers during the unprecedented trip, including an American Olympic champion, University of Alaska Fairbanks Vice Chancellor Pat Pitney. Pitney won shooting gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Artur Chilingarov, an Antarctic explorer and Russian Geographical Society vice president, had the honor of lighting a cauldron at the North Pole.

The icebreaker ship, made it to the North Pole from Russia’s Arctic port of Murmansk in about 91 hours, the quickest trip ever, according to The Associated Press.

Here’s a video report in Russian from an outlet that traveled with the expedition.

Russia Sochi Torch Relay

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Russia Sochi Torch Relay

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Arctic Russia Sochi Torch Relay

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Artur Chilingarov

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