Yesterday as the Olympic torch made it’s way through Moscow, on it’s four-month journey before reaching Sochi, the flame on the torch blew out. An act of the gay gods above protesting the Sochi Games as a result Russia’s latest anti-gay law.
The flame is traditionally lit in the Temple of Hera in Ancient Olympia and then transported to Pananthinaiko Stadium where it is ceremoniously handed over to the host country representative, which in this case was Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak. Even during this ceremony last week, gay rights activists and supports showed up with signs and rainbow flags to peacefully express their anger at Russia and the Olympic committee. It then went on to relay in the host country, Russia. What can only be described as poetic justice, the flame went out while doing a round of the Moscow Kremlin shortly after President Putin launched 123-day relay around Russia before reaching Sochi for the opening Ceremony on February 7th, 2014.
The flame was relit using the lighter of a security guard standing by. There have been many incidents of the flame going out during previous Olympic relays, however there is usually a back up torch, lit from the same cauldron in the Temple of Hera, which is used to relight the original torch.
There is some satisfaction in knowing that the flame that will inaugurate this controversial Olympic Games will some how to be disconnected from it’s traditional roots.
Is it the wrath of Zeus has fallen upon Sochi? Or is it that the Greek goddess of justice, very aptly name Dike, who has spoken?
Whatever it is, one again Russian has been Putin it’s place.