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Sochi-2014 Olympic Torch Dives into History at Lake Baikal

Moscow, Nov 23, (RHC), -- The Olympic torch´s odyssey around Russia reached new depths as it dived into the world´s biggest freshwater lake, the Lake Baikal in Siberia.

Divers took the burning torch to the bottom of the lake, another first for the Olympic relay.

The Sochi-2014 Olympic torch has been to several unusual places where no Olympic flame has been before.

It has been in space, visiting the International Space Station, the North Pole and now Lake Baikal, arguably Russia's most famous natural landmark.

Russian TV anchor Ekaterina Andreeva and vice-president of Russia's Olympic Committee Aleksandr Vronsky, accompanied by 26-year-old professional diver Nikolay Rybachenko, emergency rescuer and a former underwater swimmer scout for Russia's Pacific Fleet, dived 15 meters down into Lake Baikal with three special torches that can burn underwater at a temperature of 2,000 degrees Celsius.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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