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SBD Global/October 7, 2013/Olympics
Russian President Vladimir Putin Sets Sochi Torch In Motion Despite Flameout
Published October 7, 2013
FLAME GOES OUT: The AP reported the Olympic flame "briefly went out as the torch bearer ran towards the Kremlin." The glitch occurred when "the man ran through a long passageway, which apparently created a wind tunnel, extinguishing the flame." A man standing along the route "pulled out a lighter and the flame leaped back to life" (AP, 10/6). R-SPORT reported the whole ceremony "was infused with nationalist themes: Putin entered through an avenue of flags of Russia's 83 regions, each of which will be visited by the flame, and there were patriotic rap and dance performances." Among those accompanying the flame was Prince Albert II of Monaco, in the capacity of an IOC representative (R-SPORT, 10/6).