November 7, 2013 |
By the time that the Olympic caldron is lighted for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the torch relaying the symbolic flame of the competition will have been to the top of Europe's highest mountain, plunged to the depths of the world's deepest lake, reached the North Pole on an icebreaker and accompanied cosmonauts on a spacewalk. In Olympic host nations' undeclared competition for showcasing the torch as it makes its way to the competition venue, the Russian organizers of the Games that open in three months have embarked on an ambitious itinerary.
November 6, 2013 |
The torch relay for the 2014 Sochi Olympics is scheduled to continue Thursday with an unlit torch riding into space aboard a Soyuz rocket. The torch will be delivered to the International Space Station, where cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky plan to carry it on a spacewalk, organizers said. An American astronaut, Richard Mastracchio, will also be part of the mission. Back on Earth, Russia's Olympic chief contended that despite problems organizers have faced, Sochi has delivered on its promise to build a modern, compact site for the Games.
October 23, 2013 |
The torch relay for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics has hit another bump in its long and winding road to the opening ceremonies. Video from the small city of Kostroma, near Moscow, shows the torch erupting suddenly, flames shooting several feet into the air. Dmitry Chernyshenko, the head of the Sochi organizing committee, acknowledged there was a "strong flame" but denied initial media reports that a 13-year-old girl was burned in the incident....
October 17, 2013 |
The Olympic torch relay for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games has begun a long, strange side trip. While the official relay continues through Russia, a version of the torch is traveling by nuclear-powered icebreaker to the North Pole. It is expected to arrive at the top of the world -- where it will be used to light a cauldron -- in late October. “I believe it is extremely symbolic to light the Olympic torch there, since Olympic values have remained unchanged for centuries,” Arthur Chilingarov, a Russian polar explorer, told the RIA Novosti news service.
September 27, 2013 |
Now that Alex Ovechkin has been named the first official torch bearer for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, he can look forward to a whirlwind trip. And a lot of frequent-flier miles. The Washington Capitals captain was selected by Russian officials to take part in a ceremony lighting the flame at the Temple of Hera in Greece on Sunday. "I'm extremely humbled and honored to be the first Russian to carry the Olympic torch," he told reporters. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and something I will never forget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2012
James E. Burke Johnson & Johnson CEO during Tylenol poisoning James E. Burke, the former Johnson & Johnson chief executive whose leadership during the Tylenol poisoning scare of the 1980s became a model for corporate crisis management, died Friday in New Jersey after a long, unspecified illness, the company announced. He was 87. Burke, who ran the New Brunswick, N.J., company for 13 of his 37 years there, also had a big impact in his second career, as chairman of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America for 16 years.