Stories of the Torchbearers of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay from Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola in Russia, Presenting Partner of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay, is revealing a few more of the best stories from the 2014 winners of the nationwide campaign "Coca-Cola. Carry by the Olympic Flame. Vlivaisiya!" to select the Torchbearers who soon will carry the symbol of the Olympic Games in our country.

The nomination phase of the Campaign took place from January 15 to March 17, 2013, and attracted a lot of interest among the Russians: There were a total of about 65,000 applications from which the final list of the 2014 Torchbearers will be selected. Coca-Cola has provided an opportunity for every Russian citizen over 14 years of age to become a Torchbearer in the Sochi 2014 Torch Relay. Selected Torchbearers will be those who lead active and healthy lifestyle, changing lives around them for the better, helping their hometown and engaging in social projects. These people deserve to carry the Olympic Flame, and their stories can inspire others to follow their example!

Andrei Zakharov

One of the winners of the contest to become a Torchbearer was Andrei Zakharov of Tula. This Sochi 2014 Coca-Cola Torchbearer contributes to the development of his hometown: engaging in landscaping, construction of children's playgrounds and playgrounds, and much more.

Andrei Zakharov, Tula: "To promote mass sports, it is necessary to build as many sports facilities within walking distance as possible, to attract more young people, to physical training, giving them a personal example. I am the president of the Basketball Federation of Tula region and participate in the organization of all kinds of children's and youth tournaments, and, we encourage the most deserving and promising with a nominal stipend. Back in the 80th Olympic Games, I wanted to participate as a Torchbearer, but, unfortunately, did not meet the age requirement. So after learning about the contest "Coca-Cola. Carry by the Olympic Flame. Vlivaisya!" I immediately decided to write a story about myself on Coca-Cola website.

The Torchbearers of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay from Coca-Cola show by example how important it is to keep active.

Vyacheslav Tulupov

Coca-Cola Torchbearer Vyacheslav Tulupov from Yekaterinburg at 72 years of age did not even consider abandoning sports, tourism, and many other activities but on the contrary is are "increasing momentum" in social activities.

Vyacheslav Tulupov, Yekaterinburg: "I never became a professional athlete even though all my life one way or another has been associated with sports. I participate every year in the Yekaterinburg relay race, held in honor of the Victory Day celebrations, as well as helping to prepare beginners for the relay race. Camping, hiking, skiing, rafting and excursions into the woods for the weekend are usual ways for me to relax. At sixty years old, I mastered streetball and participated in competitions together with a family team for several years. For me, the most important thing in life is to be honest, kind, peace-loving and sincere, to try to call on those around you to do this. I am very glad that my view of the world and the values that I hold in life helped me to become a Torchbearer in the 2014 Sochi Relay from Coca-Cola."

Victoria Tkachuk

Coca-Cola Torchbearer Victoria Tkachuk from Pyatigorsk is actively engaged in volunteer activities and believes that her calling is to attract people to different social, sporting and musical events.

Victoria Tkachuk, Pyatigorsk: "As a 3rd year student, I am the head the Pyatigorsk City Volunteer Group. I think that I make the world around me better every day. My main goal is to motivate and involve people in different social, sporting and musical events. I have a lot of diplomas, certificates and awards. In 2011, I won the title of "Volunteer of the Year" and last year was the winner of the Forum "Mashuk 2012", presenting a project to create a youth skate area. I read that the main qualities of a person worthy to carry the Olympic Torch are the responsibility and professionalism in their chosen sphere of activity, the desire to win, inner peace and the ability to find a solution to any situation".

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay will begin on October 7, 2013, will continue for 123 days, being held over 9 time zones that will cover 65,000 km (1.5 equator). 14,000 Torchbearers will participate in the Relay. The Olympic Flame will be delivered to the North Pole, immersed in the water of Lake Baikal, raised on Mount Elbrus and even sent into space. The Relay will go down in Olympic history as the largest national Relay.

Nearly 14 million votes from across Russia were cast in support of participants in the contest "Coca-Cola. Carry by the Olympic Flame. Vlivaisya!" A list of the 4,000 applications that have received the most votes in each region was handed over to an independent jury from Coca-Cola, which included well-known and respected figures from culture and sports, representing the eight federal districts of Russia who chose Torchbearers for the Sochi 2014 Torch Relay.

The final list of 2,014 Torchbearers for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay will be published on the official website,

About the Olympic Torch Relay

The Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games marked the debut of the International Olympic Torchbearers Program, sponsored by Coca-Cola. Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games are the 9th Games, where the Coca-Cola Company is honored to be a Presenting Partner of the OTR (moreover they were the Olympics in Atlanta ('96), Nagano ('98), Salt Lake City ('02), Athens ('04), Torino ('06), Beijing ('08), Vancouver ('10) and London ('12).)

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