Dailymail - With the benefit of hindsight, it’s astounding that no one saw this coming. As the Olympic torch splashed through the canoe slalom venue in Hertfordshire today on board a raft as part of its journey around the country, spraying water splashed out the famed Eternal Flame. Despite the best efforts of British junior team canoeist Zachary Franklin, who held the flame aloft as the British men’s rafting team propelled him through the rapids, water splashing into the boat extinguished the flame. ‘It is not uncommon for a flame to go out and this can happen for a number of reasons,’ a LOCOG spokesman said.‘In this instance it was due to water being splashed into the boat from the slalom course.
Let’s forget about the fact the dumb ass Brits tried to go white water rafting with the Olympic flame for a minute. That’s neither here nor there. I don’t get this part about “it is not uncommon for the Olympic flame to go out”. Really? Umm then what’s the fucking point of this dumb ass relay? I mean I thought the fact that it was an “eternal flame” was why you had assholes running all over the place with it. I guess not. Just fucking blow the thing out, fly it to the next place and then relight it. Boom done. Because who cares if you can just dunk that shit in water and start over? Defeats the whole purpose. This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Olympics 101. Most fraudulent sporting event in the history of the world.