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Russia receives flame for Sochi Winter Games

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The flame that will burn at next year's Sochi Winter Olympics was handed over to Russia on Saturday (October 5) n the marble stadium that hosted the first modern Games in 1896. After a six-day trek across 33 towns in Greece's mainly mountainous northern regions, the flame that was lit last Sunday by the sun's rays at the birthplace of the ancient Games in Olympia was presented to Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak. From its overnight perch on the ancient Acropolis, the flame traveled through Athens' streets before being carried into the stadium, built in 330 BC, by Greek figure skating champion Panagiotis Markouzios. As he lit the golden cauldron encircled by priestesses in long, cream-colored, pleated robes, the crowd erupted in cheers of "Russia! Russia!" The flame will be flown in special safety lanterns from Athens to Moscow on Sunday and it will then begin the longest torch relay in the history of the Winter

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