So the Olympic torch for the 2014 Winter Olympics was supposed to make headlines for being the first torch to go deep-sea diving and travel to space (yes, those both happened), but that just hasn’t been the case for the Sochi, Russia-bound flame.
Instead, the torch has blown out several times on its 40,000-mile journey, including a now infamous incident involving Russian President Vladimir Putin handing it off in Red Square in October. The torch also went out on Olympic champion swimmer Shavarsh Karapetyan, only to be reignited by a bystander’s cigarette lighter.
However the latest incident may take the cake, as former bobsledder Pyotr Makarchuk caught fire during his tour with the flame outside the Siberian city of Abakan. According to a report by Outside Online, fuel from the torch dripped onto Makarchuk’s arm and shoulder and was then ignited by a jumping flame. The bobsledder’s jacket was scorched, but Makarchuk emerged relatively unscathed. No one else was injured in the incident.
With the latest snafu, many are counting down the days until February 7, the day of opening ceremonies, and the end of the longest, most accident-plagued torch relay in the history of the Olympics. Let’s just hope the Russians are getting the kinks out of the way early.
For the curious, here’s some raw footage from the incident recorded on home video.
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