You don't just turn off the Olympic flame as if it's your kitchen light and you're going to bed. It's supposed to be eternal, like the Olympic spirit. Sure, sometimes through history, the wind has blown it out while someone was running with the torch or something. There have been little mix-ups.
But you look past them as accidents, impressed by the real effort to keep the flame going forever.
Well, in the middle of the night Sunday, construction workers came out, turned off the cauldron, dismantled it and moved it to a different spot in the Olympic Stadium so Usain Bolt wouldn't run into it during the 100-meter dash.
"We have some pictures of the flame being put into the miner's lantern,'' said Jackie Brock-Doyle, an International Olympic Committee spokesperson, "where it spent the night.''
That's right, they trapped a tiny piece of the eternal flame in a miner's lantern all night to keep it alive, as if it were one of Vo...