If the Olympic torch goes out, one would think that is a bad omen of sorts, right? Well, on Oct. 6, CBS News reported that after the flame was lit in Greece and flown to Moscow, one of the torches went out while it was being carried into the Kremlin. Evidently, the valve on the torch hadn't been fully opened causing the glitch.
"The glitch occurred when a torch bearer ran through a long passageway leading into the Kremlin, which apparently created a wind tunnel, extinguishing the flame. A man standing along the route, most likely part of the presidential security service, pulled out a lighter and the flame leaped back to life," CBS News reported.
So, the Olympic torch goes out but only for a few seconds, really, and this can't be the first time that this has ever happened, right? Surely. And they are just re-lit with a lighter or match and no one really pays much attention to it otherwise. Indeed people don't think this is a big deal either -- it's not like the torch went out randomly and it was a big mystery.
The torch is getting ready for its trek through Russia and it will be carried by more than 14,000 people along the way. The relay will take months to complete and the 39,000-mile trip will end in February, just in time for the opening ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
If the Olympic torch goes out while it's in its holster and no wind is blowing -- that would be something to worry about. Until that happens, no "bad omens" will rain on the Olympics in 2014.
© Effie Orfanides 2013