After traveling some 65-thousand kilometers, climbing mountains, plunging into a lake and even making its first journey into space on a Russian spacecraft, the Olympic flame arrived in Sochi on Wednesday, ending a four-month journey.
The identity of the final torchbearer is still under wraps, but we do know that the torch will be lit at the main stadium on Friday evening during the opening ceremony.
Team Korea held a welcoming ceremony at the Olympic Village on Wednesday, vowing once again to finish in the top 10 in the medal count for the third consecutive Winter Games.
Seoul is sending its largest number of winter sports athletes to the Games, with 71 on the roster.
There were headlines off the ice as well on Wednesday.
It was confirmed that Ban Ki-moon will become the first UN chief to give a keynote speech to the International Olympics Committee's general assembly this week, before attending the opening ceremony on Friday.
However, other prominent world leaders, including the presidents of the United States, France and Germany, will NOT attend, all taking stands against Russia's anti-gay laws.
At the opening speech of the general assembly Wednesday, IOC President Thomas Bach slammed politicians for using the Sochi Olympics as a political platform "on the backs of the athletes."
Song Ji-sun, Arirang News.
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