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Olympic flame re-lit as Russia kicks off Sochi 2014 Olympic torch relay

Sunday, October 06, 2013 - 01:01

Oct. 6 - The Olympic flame has to be re-lit as Russia kicks off Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics torch relay. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the Olympic flame to Russia on Sunday in a spectacular ceremony in the capital's Red Square. The flame, transported from Athens, Greece, by a special Aeroflot plane, was carried in a lantern through Moscow inside of a motorcade led by motorcycles. At Red Square, thousands of spectators, which included sports figures and celebrities, waited in excited anticipation of its arrival, watching a spirited performance by cheerleaders waving pom-poms and dancing in track suits in the colors of the Russian flag. Putin said the 65,000-kilometer torch relay would unite Russia and enliven its residents. The torch had to be re-lit as the second runner came through one of the Kremlin arches, but after a light from a man along the Kremlin path, the runner went on his way.

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Olympic flame re-lit as Russia kicks off Sochi 2014 Olympic torch relay

Sunday, October 06, 2013 - 01:01