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An unusual party to greet the Olympic flame was organized in the city’s tourist center where locals held traditional Nenets initiation ceremonies, which symbolize purification and bring good luck.

November 5, 2013

The torch was carried through the Gates of the Arctic to the sounds of traditional tambourines. In addition, traditional Nenets competitions were held, such as lassoing reindeer, jumping over sleds and axe throwing.

November 5, 2013

A large ice sculpture of five Olympic rings was erected on the city’s central square, where torchbearer, young Russian skier Yakov Sumarokov, along with the region’s governor lit the city Olympic flame cup.

November 5, 2013

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay has once again crossed the Arctic Circle and visited the city of Naryan-Mar, the capital of the Nenets Autonomous District.

November 5, 2013

The Olympic torch relay of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games visited tundra and its reindeer on Sunday. Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee manager Andrei Chibisov was the single torch bearer in northern Russia's town Naryan-Mar, where the temperature already was minus 17 degrees Celsius.

November 5, 2013

Some 50 torchbearers carried the Olympic flame through the capital of Naryan-Mar, greeted by around 14,000 residents of the the city with a total population of 15,000.

November 5, 2013

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