Oct 20, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT
Cross off one of the most ambitious goals of the record-setting Sochi Olympic torch relay.
The Olympic flame made it to the North Pole, according to Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee president Dmitry Chernyshenko‘s Twitter account.
“In spite of everything the flame burned excellently,” Chernyshenko said on his Russian Twitter account, according to an R-Sport translation. “The weather’s warm, just -15 [degrees].”
The flame departed for the North Pole aboard the icebreaker ship “50 Years of Victory” from Murmansk, Russia, on Tuesday.
Coming up, the torch relay will visit outer space (International Space Station, blast off Nov. 7), the bottom of the world’s largest freshwater lake (November) and the top of Europe’s highest mountain (February) before the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 7.
Meanwhile, the main part of the torch relay continued through Russia.
Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, was a torchbearer Saturday.
She added that she would have liked to take the Olympic flame into space “but unfortunately that’s not up to me.”
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