45. Cauldron Re-Lit with Cigarette Lighter
Olympics: Quebec 1976
The process of lighting the Olympic cauldron is a drawn out procedure in which a flame originating in Olympia, Greece, makes a journey around the world to the host city. Backup flames are kept on hand in case the original is extinguished accidentally. When rain put out the 1976 flame, it was reignited by a plumber using a cigarette lighter. Not exactly the grand source that Olympic officials desire. The makeshift flame was then put out and replaced by one of the backups.