The first torchbearer of the day was weightlifter Alla Vazhenina, silver medallist at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. (Image from

December 17, 2013

European Championship bronze medallist, 21-year-old Artem Novikov, takes the torch on a sports motorcycle ride on the ice track. (Image from

December 17, 2013

Shadrinsk, considered a sports town with strong weightlifting and ice speed racing schools, receives the flame at Torpedo stadium. (Image from

December 18, 2013