From one extreme to another: the Sochi Olympic flame was submerged into the unknown on Saturday, as divers took it to the bottom of the largest freshwater lake in the world.
The water temperature was a cool six degrees Celsius when 26 year-old professional diver Nikolay Rybachenko, Russian TV anchor Ekaterina Andreeva and vice-president of Russia’s Olympic Committee Aleksandr Vronsky, plunged to the bottom of Siberia’s Lake Baikal.
They took three special torches, capable of burning underwater at a temperature of 2,000 degrees Celsius.
The dive was another first for the Sochi flame’s Olympic relay, which has also taken it to the International Space Station and the North Pole.
The torch for the Olympic Torch Relay plays an important part in the lead-up to both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. The tradition began in 1936 for the summer Games and 1952 for the winter Olympics.