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The depth on the spot where the torch relay took place was 50 meters.

November 24, 2013

With a recorded maximum depth of 1,600 meters, Baikal is the deepest lake on the planet.

November 24, 2013

It's the first time a burning Olympic torch reaches the bottom of a lake.

November 24, 2013

Russian TV anchor Ekaterina Andreeva and vice-president of the Russian Olympic Committee Aleksandr Vronsky, as well as 26-year-old professional diver Nikolay Rybachenko, emergency rescuer and a former underwater swimmer scout for Russia’s Pacific Fleet participated in the torch relay.

November 24, 2013

The surface temperature at Lake Baikal is unseasonably warm, at about zero degrees Celsius, while the water is 10 degrees Celsius, so the dive was relatively comfortable.

November 24, 2013

The participants of the Olympic torch relay dived 15 meters down into Lake Baikal with three special torches that can burn underwater at a temperature of 2,000 degrees Celsius.

November 24, 2013

The ceremony resembled the “performance of a divine service,” 26-year-old professional diver Nikolay Rybachenko, who participated in the relay, said.

November 24, 2013

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