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Deputy Prime minister of Russia Dmitry Kozak holds up the torch for the XXII Winter Olympic Games, which are due to start on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. (AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamak)

October 6, 2013

The ceremony included a parade of Greek presidential guards dressed in traditional attire. The Olympic flame, which toured Greece for seven days, was brought to Athens by the last torch bearer, Greek figure skater Panagiotis Markouizos.

October 6, 2013

The representatives of the two countries, Greek President Carolos Papoulias and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, shake hands during the festive handover ceremony of the Olympic Torch to the host country. (AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamak)

October 6, 2013

Greek figure skater Panagiotis Markouizos lights the cauldron at the Panathenaic Stadium during the handover ceremony. (AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamak)

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Greek actress Ino Menegaki, assuming the role of the high priestess, lights the torch with the Olympic flame during the handover ceremony to the Russian organizers of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. (AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamak)

October 6, 2013

The Olympic flame was handed over to the organizers of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi during a special ceremony at the Panathenaic stadium in Athens on October 5, 2013.

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Some 15,000 spectators attended the handover ceremony of the Olympic Torch for the XXII Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Athens on Saturday. (AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamak)

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The high priestess holds up the Olympic flame at the Panathenaic Stadium, the site where the modern Olympics took place for the first time. (AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamak)

October 6, 2013

Greek actress Ino Menegaki passes the Olympic flame to the president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Spyros Kapralos, during the ceremony in Athens. (AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamak)

October 6, 2013

The president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Spyros Kapralos, hands the flame over to Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Kozak at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. (AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamak)

October 6, 2013

Women dressed in ancient Greek clothing performed ritual dances during the ceremony of the handover of the Olympic Torch to Russia, the host of the Winter Games. (AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamak)

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