23/12/2013 | by Heather Irvine
The Olympic torch relay that would precede the 2014 games in Sochi was pitched as record breaking in the same way that the Olympics were seen as a symbol of Russia’s cosmopolitan, progressive present.
Neither has really worked out so far as the relay has been beset by technical failures, delays and combusting torchbearers before hitting a tragic note earlier this week. The torch has also travelled further than ever before and to places never yet reached by minor public figures in cheap tracksuits. We chart the highs and lows of Sochi’s well-travelled torch.