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article imageOlympic flame burns torchbearer's jacket

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Nov 30, 2013 in Sports
Moscow - The jacket sleeve of a torchbearer caught fire during the famous Olympic torch relay. The flame is currently making its way around the world ahead of the Sochi Olympics, which are scheduled to be held in February.
The relay has managed to travel across large cities, small towns and even to outer space, but a number of follies have occurred along the route.
According to ABC News, one of the biggest follies happened on Wednesday when fire from the flame fell onto a torchbearer's jacket and caught the sleeve on fire.
Reuters (via Yahoo! News) reports that the torchbearer was a former Olympic bobsledder named Pyotr Makarchuk, and he was in the process of running with the torch in Siberia.
Escorts running near Makarchuk were quickly able to extinguish the fire.
According to ABC News, it is unknown if Makarchuk suffered any injuries.
The Globe and Mail reports of other misfortunes that have occurred during the current Olympic torch relay. Last month, the flame went out while being carried through Moscow and had to be lit again with a cigarette lighter. The flame has also reportedly burned out of control and has also accidentally become extinguished on a number of occasions since the relay began.
The relay will end on February 7, 2014 when the flame arrives in Sochi, Russia, and is used to light the Olympic cauldron, signifying the start of the Olympic Games.
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