Capital of Tomsk Region
It is the oldest city in Western Siberia, and a major cultural, scientific and educational centre. Founded as a fortress on the River Tom, it served as protection against the nomads. Later it became an important transit and trade centre along the Siberian highway. Then Tomsk became a prominent gold mining centre. In 1944, it became the capital of the Tomsk Region.
Celebrated skier, and six-time Olympic champion Lyubov Egorova, lived and studied and made her first steps in the sport in Tomsk. Natives of the city also include famous hockey player, coach and Olympic champion in Albertville 1992 Nikolay Borshevsky and Russian basketball team player Aleksandr Kaun. The city's popular football team Tom, played in the Premier League for a long time.
In Tomsk, Lydia Delektorskaya secretary and part-time model and muse of Henri Matisse was born. Natives of the city also include writer Valery Frid, and former chief architect of Moscow and author of Novy Arbat Mikhail Posokhin.
Writers Vyacheslav Shishkov, Nikolai Garin-Mikhailovsky and Konstantin Stanyukovich lived and worked in the town. According to legend, Emperor Alexander I lived in Tomsk after staging his death. Residents knew the "emperor" as "elder Fedor Kuzmich".
The 85th degree of longitude passes through Tomsk right along Leo Tolstoy street There is a monument in Tomsk to Anton Chekhov, which is a rather classic caricature. Chekhov passed through Tomsk while travelling and even lost a boot here, which the monument displays.
Lenin Square in Tomsk changed its name five times. During its history, it was known as Bazarnay, Gostinodvorskaya, Bogoyavlenskaya, Iverskaya and Torgovaya.
- aroundtherings.com: Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay in Tomsk
Tomsk, 02.12.2013 08:38On the first day of winter, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay was held in Tomsk. The heroes of the 55th Olympic Torch Relay Day were 100 torchbearers who covered a total distance of 19.4 km. Among the Olympic torchbearers were nominees of the Presenting Partners of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay: the Coca-Cola Company, OSAO "Ingosstrakh" and OAO "Russian Railways."
- The Olympic Torch Relay ended in Tomsk
Tomsk, 01.12.2013 18:20The stage of the Torch Relay ended in Tomsk. The last torchbearer became the Olympic champion in 2006 in cross country skiing Natalia Baranova-Masalkina who lit the city cauldron together with the regional governor Sergey Zhvachkin.
- Athletes with disabilities became the torchbearers in Tomsk
Tomsk, 01.12.2013 15:40The Tomsk selkups (people living in the north of Western Siberia) "conjured" and lit the Olympic flame for the torchbearers-athletes with disabilities Elena Saprygina and Oleg Sharepa during the torch relay of the XXII Winter Olympic Games in 2014 in the sport complex "Harmony".
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