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Olympic Flame Extinguished During White Water Raft Ride

After traveling for 50 days through Greece and the UK, the Olympic torch was briefly extinguished by a pesky splash in the middle of the canoe slalom venue. Zachary Franklin, the torch bearer, tried his best to keep it "well away from the water," but the Eternal Flame was no match for the swift rapids that soon engulfed the raft.

But not to worry! The Olympic torch burns on, as it was relit from a backup flame, which, according to The Blaze, is a mining lantern that was lit from the original flame in Greece and kept near the official torch at all times.

Image via The Daily Mail
h/t Tomuban
Olympic flame extinguished as torch is carried on white water rafting boat [Daily Mail]
Torch flame extinguished whilst on white water raft [Telegraph]
Oops! Olympic Torch Briefly Extinguished During White Water Rafting Ride [The Blaze]


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