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Sochi Olympic torch relay dives into world’s deepest freshwater lake (video, photos)

Nov 23, 2013, 8:19 AM EDT

The Olympic flame plunged into Lake Baikal on Saturday. A man with a jetpack then carried it above the lake to shore.

A Sochi 2014 group dived about 40 feet into the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake with three special torches that can burn underwater at a temperature of 3,600 degrees Farenheit, according to Russian news outlet RT.

Here’s video from RT.

The Sochi 2014 website explained how the flame could stay lit while submerged:

The continuous burning of the flame during the dive was possible thanks to a special burner, which was designed and developed in a similar way to flares used for warning signals at sea. The device was lit by the unique Olympic flame using a special pyrotechnic charge.

A Russian TV anchor, the vice president of the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee, a professional diver, an emergency rescuer and a former underwater swimmer scout for Russia’s Pacific Fleet accompanied the flame, according to RT.

The dive culminated with a “flame kiss,” as seen in one of the photos below:

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  1. doctorrustbelt - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    So… they took the torch across a frozen lake, they took the torch to space, and took the torch to Atlantis… but…. NO GAY SEX.

  2. mogogo1 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    They can’t keep the torch lit on dry land, but diving into the water works out just fine.

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