Olympic Flame Gets Up Close With Reindeer

November 16, 2013 • Philip BurgessBlog, Reindeer, Reindeer Herders

Olympic Flame & ReindeerThere has been a lot of media coverage of the travels of the Olympic Flame for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics such as to North Pole and even to the International Space Station for a space walk as it traverses the vastness of Russia. Less attention was paid to the fact that the flame had encounters with reindeer in not only one region of Russia but two – the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the Nenets Autonous Okrug. In Sakha, the torch travelled on the back of a reindeer sledge while near Naryan Mar, the torch went for a run with a large herd of reindeer. No word yet if reindeer herding to be accepted as an Olympic sport….

Here is the video of the visit to the herd near Naryan Mar and below, a photo of the flame on the back of a reindeer sledge

Olympic Flame & Reindeer


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