While a whole lot of people on tumblr seem to be strangely exited by the fact that Olympic torch went out in Moscow, I’d like to share some details about the unlucky gentlemen who was holding it.
Name is Shavarsh Karapetyan, Armenian and Soviet finswimmer, living legend, 11-time World Record holder, 17-time World Champion, 13-time European Champion and 7-time USSR Champion. But that is not what he’s most known for. At September 16, 1976, Karapetyan saved 20 passengers from the trolley sinking in Yerevan lake.
At the depth of 10 meters in ice-cold water he somehow managed to brake the window and get inside. Where in pitch darkness while constantly scratching himself over shards of broken glass he had picked up twenty nine passengers, bringing them back to the surface, one at a time. He had spent more than an hour in the lake before falling unconscious. This have costed Karapetyan his career in sports for he had never recovered from subsequent pneumonia and sepsis caused by multiple cuts.
Err… what was it again? Torch? This shit happens all the time. In fact, Karapetyan is so awesome, that he could have lit this damn thing with his fart, I could not care less.
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