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REPORTAGE | La flamme olympique est arrivée à Sotchi

France Bleu jeudi 6 février 2014 à 15:12

Les deux porteurs de la flamme saluent la foule
Les deux porteurs de la flamme saluent la foule © Radio France - - Yann Bertrand

Après 130 jours de périple à travers la Russie, la flamme olympique est arrivée à Sotchi ce jeudi matin. Le flambeau est reparti aussitôt pour une ultime étape avant d'arriver vendredi soir, pendant la cérémonie d'ouverture, au coeur du stade olympique.

Devant la gare de Sotchi, impossible de la rater. Attendue par des milliers de curieux depuis le début de la matinée, la flamme est enfin arrivée dans la ville qui prête son nom à cette XXIIe édition des Jeux olympiques d'hiver.

Précédée par des autobus propageant une musique assourdissante, la flamme, portée par deux jeunes habitants la ville, s'est proposée quelques secondes à peine aux yeux de la foule. Un petit tour, et elle était déjà repartie.

"C'est un grand moment pour la Russie"

Encadrés par un dispositif de sécurité impressionnant, les milliers de spectateurs, agitant pour beaucoup des drapeaux russes, ont crié leur fierté de voir leur ville, leur pays, entrer officiellement dans l'ère olympique.

La foule, encadrée par un gros dispositif policier - Radio France
La foule, encadrée par un gros dispositif policier © Radio France - - Yann Bertrand

Olga et Elena, venues en ville pour l'occasion, n'hésitent pas à le souligner : "C'est un grand moment pour la Russie ". De fait, impossible de trouver dans cette foule des esprits chagrins. Encore moins de manifestants qui auraient pu profiter de l'occasion pour dénoncer les aspects les plus polémiques des Jeux olympiques, en matière de logement, droits de l'Homme...

Un périple de 65.000 kilomètres

La flamme ne s'est donc pas attardée pour autant dans le centre-ville de Sotchi. Au lendemain de son périple au sommet de Rosa Khutor, la station qui accueillera les épreuves de ski et de snowboard, elle a poursuivi sa route au bord de la mer Noire.

La flamme restera jeudi après-midi à Sotchi - Radio France
La flamme restera jeudi après-midi à Sotchi © Radio France - - Yann Bertrand

Depuis plus de quatre mois, l'emblème des Jeux olympiques a parcouru près de 65.000 kilomètres sur l'immense territoire russe : de la Sibérie à l'Oural, en passant par l'espace et le fond du lac Baïkal. Dernière étape de ce trajet fou, le parc olympique d'Adler, vendredi soir, lors de la cérémonie d'ouverture des JO. Le président Vladimir Poutine, arrivé à Sotchi ces derniers jours pour saluer les membres du CIO et les athlètes russes, pourra alors, une nouvelle fois, se féliciter de l'accomplissement d'un rêve pour la Russie.

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