Putin Lights Olympic Flame, Wind Blows It Out
Ceremonial lighting doesn't exactly go off without a hitch
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2013 11:04 AM CDT
Russian figure skaters Lina Fedorova and Maxim Moroshkin carry the Olympic torch, at Moscow's Red Square on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

(Newser) – Vladimir Putin might be capable of herculean feats, but keeping the Olympic flame lit proved a little vexing today in Moscow. "Today is a joyous and momentous day," he said at the Red Square lighting ceremony for the Sochi Games, as per the BBC. "The Olympic flame—the symbol of the planet's main sports event, the symbol of peace and friendship—has arrived in Russia, and in a few minutes it will be on its way around our huge country." The problem came later when a torchbearer ran through a passage leading to the Kremlin, which the AP notes created the effect of a wind tunnel, and blew the torch out. A lighter-wielding security officer came to the rescue, and the flame continued on its way. The flame, which was lighted last week in Greece, arrived in Russia today; it will make an epic 123-day journey before it kicks off the Sochi Games.

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HANKHILL
Oct 7, 2013 7:56 AM CDT
ha ha x999999999
MissionSparta
Oct 7, 2013 2:18 AM CDT
Karma....
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Oct 6, 2013 9:10 PM CDT
vexing? Interesting word. Learn something new every day. Isn't that some sort of violation? That flame isn't supposed to go out. I think Vovochka only wants western cash. Who wants million of fat tourists all over beautiful resort city?