Дима Билан и Полина Гагарина пронесли олимпийский огонь в Рио

Incredibly touching photos and videos have already appeared online.

30 July in Rio de Janeiro was the next stage of the Olympic torch relay XXXI summer Olympic games. This year our country in the torch relay presented by Russian artists Dima Bilan and Polina Gagarina and gymnast Anastasia Nazarenko. Russian star carried the torch through the territory of the settlement of Vila in the municipality of Constância Guapimirim, state of Rio de Janeiro. The first torch was carried by Dima Bilan, and then to the relay connected Polina Gagarina and Anastasia Nazarenko.

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The torch relay started may 3, after the official ceremony of lighting the Olympic flame in Greece. The total length of the relay is more than 20 thousand kilometers of land and more than 16 thousand kilometers in the air. In the race involved more than 12 thousand people.

Dear Russian Olympians, athletes you strength and perseverance!!! Thank you #kokakola #cocacolarus @cocacolarus and everyone for making it a unifying!!!! #dimabilan #Bilan #олимпиада2016врио #Riodejaneiro #рио2016 #олимпиадарио2016 #rosevere @olegzai #olegzai #olympicflame #olympicgames2016 #rio2016 / Dear Russian Olympians, athletes, my wishes of strength and perseverance to you !!! Thanks to #colacola #cocacolarus @cocacolarus and to everyone who makes this event united!!!! #Dimabilan #Bilan #RiodeJaneiro #olympics2016inRio #rio2016 #RioOlympics2016 #comeonrussia #olegzai @olegzai #olympicflame #olympicgames2016 #rio2016

Video published bilanofficial (@bilanofficial) Jul 31 2016 at 3:54 PDT

The summer Olympic games will be held from 5 to 21 August and the Paralympics from 7 to 18 September. It is worth noting that this is the first Game in history that take place on the territory of South America.

For our athletes application for participation in the Olympic games this year was very difficult. The international Association of athletics federations (IAAF) was not allowed to Games many Russian participants because of a doping scandal (read more HERE). In the black list includes such stars as Yelena Isinbayeva, Maria Sharapova, Ivan Ukhov, Dmitry Musersky and others.

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