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Sochi Olympic flame


30 September 2013

The longest ever Olympic torch relay for the Winter Games in Sochi has begun. The flame was lit in Greece using the sun's rays. It will travel 65,000 kilometres, including a visit to the International Space Station in November.


Jonathan Josephs

Olympic flame

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will take place between 7th to 23rd February 2014


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Dressed in cream-coloured, shoulderless, pleated dresses, 21 high priestesses perform an elaborate dance routine. The actresses were surrounded by the ruins of the Temple of Hera in Olympia - the site of the ancient Olympics.

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Tall construction cranes still hang over Sochi's Olympic stadium. There are concerns over whether the venues will be ready for February. Despite recent backing from a leading IOC official, locals are split.

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a white/ yellow colour


without shoulders


piece of cloth folded and sewed together

high priestesses (plural)

senior female priests


very complex


a series of movements that form part of a performance

Temple of Hera

an ancient Greek temple at Olympia, Greece


designed dance movements

cranes (plural)

tall machines with a long arm to lift and move heavy things

venues (plural)

places where events take place


support which someone gives to a plan

locals (plural)

people that live in the area you are talking about


divided by different opinions


the right of all people to have a similar social position and receive same treatment