In the latest mishap to befall the Olympic flame, a Russian torchbearer's clothing caught fire this week as he carried it through a Siberian city.
A clip posted on YouTube by the Russian site Lifenews shows former Olympic bobsledder Pyotr Makarchuk parading the torch through a crowd in the city of Abakan when flames suddenly leap from the left shoulder and upper arm of his jacket.
Escorts immediately put out the flames and Makarchuk was not injured.
Russia is conducting the longest torch relay before any Winter Games, a four-month, 65,000-km journey that will end at the opening ceremony in Sochi on February 7th.
The Olympic flame has been to the north pole and Lake Baikal, and cosmonauts took an unlit torch on a spacewalk last month outside the International Space Station.
But the torch has gone out dozens of times, including an incident minutes after President Vladimir Putin handed it off in Red Square on October 6th.
At other times it has burned too fiercely.