The Sochi Network

The most bizarre Olympic torch relay ever

The Olympic flame's torch relay ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games has been the longest, most ambitions, most extraordinary and most accident-prone in the history of the Games.

On the one hand, the 40,000-mile, 14,000-leg relay has done things nobody ever thought possible: taking the flame below the surface of a lake, taking it into space, taking it up on a jetpack or taking it on to the top of a stunning, remote mountaintop.

And on the other hand, it's been a catalogue of absurdities and gaffes, from the go-karts and camels to the three men who've been set on fire by the flame... and best of all, one bloke re-lighting the flame with a Zippo in his pocket rather than using the official back-up that had been carried carefully all the way from Greece.

Now, the relay has taken an equally unexpected but rather more tragic turn: a 73-year-old wrestling coach had a fatal heart attack during his 218-yard leg of the torch relay.

One thing is for sure: this Olympic torch relay will never be forgotten.