Facts

A track and field athlete Alexey Ashapatov was a flag-bearer of the Russian team at the opening of two Paralympic Games - in Beijing and London. In 2013, Alexey Ashapatov became one of the first torchbearers of the Olympic torch relay in Moscow.

More than 4,000 volunteers will assist during the Paralympic Torch Relay "Sochi-2014".

One of the cities on the route of the Paralympic Torch Relay will be Stoke Mandeville, where in 1948, the physician Sir Ludwig Gutmann organized the first games for people with disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

The color scheme of the form of torchbearers symbolizes harmony, commitment and energy of the Paralympic athletes.

Paralympic sparks will be set in 46 cities of 8 federal districts of the Russian Federation.

More than 1,500 people will be torchbearers of the Paralympic Torch Relay "Sochi 2014". 20 % of the participants are people with an impairment.

In 2012, Natalia Vodianova took part in the Paralympic Torch Relay in London. In January 2013 Vodianova, who had become the Ambassador of the Paralympic Games, visited the presentation of the torch of the Paralympic Torch Relay.