The Olympic Flame – which has never blown out once lit – did go off in Russia on Sunday.
The glitch happened shortly after Russian president Vladimir Putin lit the torch at the Red Square in Moscow. The torch bearer then ran with the flame through a passageway leading to the Kremlin, where a gust of wind blew the fire out.
A security man with a lighter came to the rescue though – and very quickly the flame was back on and continued on its way.
Putin had said during the lighting ceremony, ‘Today is a joyous and momentous day. 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 Olympic flame was lit a week ago in Greece, and will make a 126-day journey round the world before finally settling down at the Sochi Games.
[Photo: Getty, AP]