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Ian Thorpe Extinguishes Olympic Flame, Ever so Briefly

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Canberra, Australia was the last leg of the Olympic Torch relay and, as you can see from the video below, the site of demonstrations similar to those around the rest of the world, with vocal pro-Tibet protestors poised to do whatever they could to put out the Olympic flame.

However, as SameSame notes, Australia's most famous Olympian, Ian Thorpe, momentarily did their work for them as the flame was accidentally extinguished briefly by the swimmer. To the dismay of many, however, it wasn't on purpose.

That clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

Previously
Gay Activist Peter Tatchell Detained Amid Olympic Flame Protests [tr]
Ian Thorpe is Still Not Gay [tr]

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  1. haha I love that it was that big flamer that put out the flame!
    yay first punnage! x

    Posted by: Phil | Apr 24, 2008 8:28:41 AM


  2. It doesn't look to me like he had anything to do with putting it out, it went out on its own. He's not looking as handsome as he used to be, is he?

    Posted by: phil | Apr 24, 2008 9:24:03 AM


  3. I am deeply conflicted about the torch and the protest; as their are two sides to every story.

    As far as Ian, he looks great because he did not say he has a problem with himself.

    My grandfather always said,"When you comment on someone's looks it is based on how you want to see them and not how they are; they don't look bad they just don't look like you want them to.

    Posted by: Charles | Apr 24, 2008 9:38:58 AM


  4. Didn't the ancient greeks consider such a bad omen and would quietly kill off said offender in the hopes of averting the bad omen?

    :-)

    Ian wouldn't have lasted in the classical era. What a waste

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Apr 24, 2008 10:20:30 AM


  5. "My grandfather always said,"When you comment on someone's looks it is based on how you want to see them and not how they are; they don't look bad they just don't look like you want them to."

    Why is anyone famous featured here always first valued or devalued by how hot they are, used to be or should be? It seems to be the single defining factor in determining many peoples' opinion here is looks. People who should be admired are dismissed because they don't look like movie stars, and creeps are lionized because they are somewhat attractive.

    Yes, he saved an entire school of orphans from a burning building, but he's not hot...and look how old he looks...

    Yes, he killed 12 women by burning them alive, but what a hottie....WOOF!

    Posted by: James | Apr 24, 2008 11:46:25 AM


  6. James: Cuz we're pathetic, and that's how we value people. Makes me embarassed to be gay, and moreso to be human.

    Posted by: Scott | Apr 24, 2008 1:03:55 PM


  7. According to some Australian news sources, pro-China demonstrators have outnumbered pro-Tibet ones, and have been responsible for the majority of violence in Canberra, beating down anyone with pro-Tibet messages and tearing down their banners. And apparently the police say they're unable to stop them.

    Posted by: Sayke | Apr 24, 2008 8:35:35 PM


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