Torch Relay -- 14 Things to Know for the Week Ahead

(ATR) The torch relay is heading into Russia's North Caucasus...Here are 14 things to know for the relay schedule this week.

1) On Monday, the Sochi Olympic torch arrives in the city of Volgograd. Sochi is approximately 600 miles south of Volgograd.

2) In December, two suicide bombings took place in Volgograd. The terrorist attacks sparked concerns about security for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

3) The flame tours two cities on Tuesday, beginning in Novocherkassk. Former footballer Dmitriy Ananko hails fromNovocherkassk.

4) Next the torch relay heads 22 miles north to Shakhty. Sochi 2014 says nine Olympic champions and one Paralympic champion were born in Shakhty.

5) Legendary Russian weightlifting coach Davyd Riegert will run with the torch in Shakhty.

6) On Wednesday, the flame journeys to the city of Rostov-on-Don. According to Sochi 2014, Rostov-on-Don is on a "preliminary list of cities to host matches" for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

7) One of the torchbearers in Rostov-on-Don will be Russian figure skating federation CEO Valentin Piseyev.

8) The torch relay heads to Pyatigorsk on Thursday, approximately 357 miles east of Sochi. The city is recognized as the "resort center" in the North Caucasus.

9) On Friday, the flame arrives in the city of Stavropol. Weightlifting champion Andrey Chemerkin and Olympic swimmer Eugene Kuznetsov are among the torchbearers who will carry the flame in Stavropol.

10) 2008 Olympic silver medalist Maria Abakumova hails from Stavropol.

11) The flames makes stops in two cities on Saturday: Elista and Yshkul. Sochi 2014 says Elista is considered the "Buddhist capital of Russia."

12) Yshkul is home to a popular Buddhist temple.

13) The torch relay heads to Astrakhan on Sunday, approximately 683 miles northeast of Sochi. Renown footballer Rinat Dasaev, Olympic boxer Boris Kuznetsov, and Russian handball player Emiliya Turay were all born in Astrakhan.

14) On Monday, the flame journeys to Makhachkala. The city is the capital of the Republic of Dagestan.

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Written byNicole Bennett

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