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Sochi Olympic torch relay reaches North Pole

Olympic torch relay

In this photo provided by olympictorch2014.com and taken Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, Valentin Davydyants, captain of the “50 Years of Victory” icebreaker, holds a lantern with Olympic flame during a relay in the Arctic seaport of Murmansk, Russia. The lantern with Olympic flame will be delivered aboard the ice breaker to the North Pole. 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/olympictorch2014.com)

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Cross off one of the most ambitious goals of the record-setting Sochi Olympic torch relay.

The Olympic flame made it to the North Pole, according to Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee president Dmitry Chernyshenko‘s Twitter account.

“In spite of everything the flame burned excellently,” Chernyshenko said on his Russian Twitter account, according to an R-Sport translation. “The weather’s warm, just -15 [degrees].”

The flame departed for the North Pole aboard the icebreaker ship “50 Years of Victory” from Murmansk, Russia, on Tuesday.

Coming up, the torch relay will visit 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) before the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 7.

Meanwhile, the main part of the torch relay continued through Russia.

Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, was a torchbearer Saturday.

She added that she would have liked to take the Olympic flame into space “but unfortunately that’s not up to me.”

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