One of the brightest ceremonies is the immersion of the Olympic torch to the bottom of Baikal. First time in stories Olympic relay was used the so-called technology "Kiss the flame", during which the transfer of fire from one torch to another took place at a depth. The torch, which faded out in the open air, this time was safely removed from the water, and very effectively delivered to the shore of Lake Baikal.
Several tens of thousands of residents of Buryatia were able to take pictures with the torch, which for two days "walked" in the republic. I visited the Olympic torch and the holy of holies of the Buryat and all Russian Buddhism - Ivolginsk datsan. It was here that the Olympic flame, like the entire Russian team, received the blessing of the lama. This is the only point on the path of the torch of the Sochi Olympics, in which the Olympic flame was brought into the temple, belonging to world religions. Neither the Orthodox churches, nor the torch of the Olympic torch in the mosque will not be brought. Placing the torch where the immortal body of Lama Itigelov rests is considered by many to be one of the most important ceremonies in the history of the Olympic movement. For many Russian Buddhists, such an event means no less than bringing the OI torch to Sochi in open space, raising it to Elbrus or diving into the depths of the Baikal waters.
Was in the Buryat stage of the relay and another "highlight". At one of the stages, the torch of the Olympics in Sochi was carried by a woman who is in the seventh month of pregnancy. This added a special flavor to the already very colorful baton. Many older and middle-generation people in Ulan-Ude recalled how the Olympic torch relay passed on the eve of the Moscow 80 Olympiad of the year.