A torchbearer for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games suffered a heart attack and died after carrying the Olympic torch.


73-year-old Vadim Gorbenko, a Greco-Roman wrestling coach, died recently after walking 150 meters in his hometown of Kurgan.  After completing the short walk and press shoot, Gorbenko said that he wasn’t feeling well.  He was taken to the hospital, where he would eventually die as doctors could not save him.

The four-month torch relay across Russia has been met with multiple obstacles and mishaps.  The Olympic flame, which should stay lit during its journey and when it gets passed on at each leg of the relay, has gone out multiple times.  Last month, Russia also sent the torch into space, where cosmonauts took the unlit torch for a spacewalk.

If all goes according to plan, the flame should end up in Sochi on February 7.  Hopefully the last leg doesn’t experience any type of life-threatening complications, and that the torch arrives lit with the Olympic flame.

Source: Reuters