Olympic Flame Re-lit as Russia Begins Sochi 2014 Torch Relay

Olympic Flame Re-lit as Russia Begins Sochi 2014 Torch Relay

Oct. 6 – The Olympic flame has to be re-lit as Russia kicks off Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics torch relay. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

CBS News has more details:

The glitch occurred when a torch bearer ran through a long passageway leading into the Kremlin, which apparently created a wind tunnel, extinguishing the flame. A man standing along the route, most likely part of the presidential security service, pulled out a lighter and the flame leaped back to life.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi organizing committee, said on Twitter that the problem was that the valve on the torch had not been opened fully.

The torch bearer, Shavarsh Karapetyan, 60, was a champion swimmer for the Soviet Union who once saved 20 passengers from a trolleybus that had fallen into a reservoir. He used his legs to break the back window of the trolleybus as it lay in 30 feet of water, and pulled out 20 of the 92 passengers.

The torch relay will stay in Moscow for the next three days, with hundreds of athletes, cultural figures and others, including Prince Albert II of Monaco, taking part.

Breitbart Sports contributed to this report.