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First woman in space among Sochi torchbearers

Updated: July 9, 2013, 12:13 PM ET
Associated Press

MOSCOW -- The first woman in space and several Russian Olympic medalists are among those who will take part in the torch relay leading to next year's Winter Games in Sochi.

Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, who went into space in 1963, was selected along with four-time Olympic champion gymnast Alexei Nemov, three-time Olympic synchronized swimming champion Maria Kiseleva and other prominent athletes and public figures.

Sochi organizers say 6,000 torchbearers have been chosen so far. ...

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