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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 various countries national flags and an Olympic torch at the North Pole, Arctic Ocean. For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
MOSCOW—The Sochi Winter Games organizers say the Olympic flame has traveled to the North Pole aboard a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker.

The Sochi organizing committee said in Friday's statement that the torch relay reached the North Pole on Oct. 19.

Russian Polar explorer Artur Chilingarov, who led the mission, lit a special bowl at the North Pole sign. The ceremony involved 11 torch bearers from several countries.

The icebreaker, which departed from Russia's Arctic port of Murmansk, made the journey in about 91 hours, the quickest such trip ever.

For most of the 65,000-kilometer (39,000-mile) torch relay, the longest in the history of the Olympics, the flame travels by plane, train, car and even reindeer sleigh, safely encased inside a lantern.


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