23/12/2013 | by Heather Irvine
Unhappy with just conquering fire’s aversion to vacuums, the Sochi organisers also took the torch to the world’s largest fresh-water lake. Lake Baikal contains 20% of the world’s fresh water and is over a kilometre and a half deep at it’s deepest point and in true Sochi2014 fashion the dive was delayed due to sudden storms.
When they subsided two divers descended into the lake swimming to 13m below the surface with a modified torch that burned like a flare – a torch capable of burning underwater but not when wandering around the Kremlin. After that it was returned by a man wearing a jetpack.