Sep 30, 2013; Park City, UT, USA; A display for the Sochi 2014 Olympics as seen at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Center of Excellence. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Sochi Olympics 2014: Torchbearer catches himself on fire

During the torch relay as we lead up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, retired Olympic bobsledder and  two-time Olympian Pyotr Makarchuk was doing his leg of the relay whenever the flame fell out of his torch onto his jacket.

The flame sparked a fire on Makarchuk’s jacket, which was quickly put out.

From Agence France-Presse:

Russia’s Interfax news agency said that Makarchuk was left unhurt by the apparent leak.

“An assistant quickly put out the fire and gave the athlete a new uniform,” the news agency wrote from snow-covered Abakan.

“After that, the (cauldron lighting) ceremony continued,” the report said.

Russian website posted video of the incident, which you can watch below:

Carrying the Olympic torch is much more dangerous than you would imagine and the latest torchbearer catching fire is another example. As the report stated, Makarchuk did not suffer any injury during the fire outburst, which is great news.

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