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2014 Olympic Torch Submerged In Lake Before Sochi Games (VIDEO)

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In this photo provided by  Olympictorch2014.com torch bearer Ivan Zatevakhin holds an Olympic torch aboard a boat during the Olympic torch relay on Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. The Olympic torch has plunged into Russia's Lake Baikal in the run-up to the Sochi Winter Games. The 65,000-kilometer (39,000 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and
In this photo provided by Olympictorch2014.com torch bearer Ivan Zatevakhin holds an Olympic torch aboard a boat during the Olympic torch relay on Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. The Olympic torch has plunged into Russia's Lake Baikal in the run-up to the Sochi Winter Games. The 65,000-kilometer (39,000 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and

MOSCOW (AP) — The Olympic torch has plunged into the world's deepest lake in Russia ahead of the Sochi Winter Games.

Video from the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee showed lifeguard Nikolai Rybachenko in scuba gear at Lake Baikal on Saturday. He lit what the committee says is a water-resistant flare atop the torch and submerged himself in the lake.

The 39,000-mile Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has flown in space and traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker.

The torch will be used to light the Olympic flame in Sochi on Feb. 7, marking the start of the 2014 Games.

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