Olympic flame extinguished but senior-citizen athlete saves the games
Senior citizen athlete does the honor of reigniting flame.
Olympic officials have announced that at 11:14 PM, London time, the Olympic flame died out. Despite the apparently dramatic circumstance, the flame was unceremoniously re-lit by an elderly athlete in a cherry-picker.
Olympic officials felt it was time to move the Olympic cauldron for security reasons so they quickly planned the outage of the semi-eternal flame. In advance of the outage, a torch was lit to carry the flame while the cauldron was extinguished and moved.
Once in its new spot, Austin Playfoot, an elderly athlete who carried an Olympic torch both in the 1948 Olympics and the 2012 games, was unceremoniously lifted to the caldron in a cherry picker where he relit the flame.
In addition to security, the Olympic organizers have been under criticism for positioning the flame in such a way that it could not be seen by anyone outside of the stadium. The 2012 games are the first games in modern history where the Olympic flame could not be seen by anyone on the outside. The movement of the flame has corrected this oversight.
With the cauldron moved and the flame relit from the sparks of the original, organizers hope the flame will symbolize the spirit of the games in a place where more people can see it and be inspired by its beacon.
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