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    I thought about the Protopopovs, but didn't they give up their Russian citizenships?

    ETA: They defected to Switzerland in 79.

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    The Protopopovs have gone to Russia in recent years but that may not be "light the torch" worthy.

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    My personal choice would be the Protopopovs. If it is to be just one male from figure skating I think it should be Artur Dmetriev. My gut says it will not be someone from figure skating, but Plushy will be the flag bearer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmallFairy View Post
    I assume Putin will again show his strength, and throw a burning bear to light the flame...
    BBQ Bear sounds delicious.
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    If a figure skater does light the Olympic torch, I'd love to see Irina Rodnina be given the honors. Besides Midori Ito in 1998, has any other figure skater lit the Olympic flame?

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    So far most posters have mentioned winter Olympians. I'm thinking it may be someone like Larisa Latynina. After all, until Michael Phelps came along, she was the most prolific medalist in Olympic history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.H.Black View Post
    So far most posters have mentioned winter Olympians. I'm thinking it may be someone like Larisa Latynina. After all, until Michael Phelps came along, she was the most prolific medalist in Olympic history.
    I just sort of assumed that since it's the Winter Olympics they would have a winter Olympian do the honor, but if they open it up to any legendary Olympic figure, than Larisa Latynina would be a great choice as well.

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    plushenko will be flag bearer

    i would think the torchlighter would be someone from skating

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    Quote Originally Posted by lulu View Post
    If a figure skater does light the Olympic torch, I'd love to see Irina Rodnina be given the honors. Besides Midori Ito in 1998, has any other figure skater lit the Olympic flame?
    A figure skater lit the 1984 Olympic flame.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanda_Dubrav%C4%8Di%C4%87
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    Well, obviously, it won't be anyone who is gay. Or anyone who "looks" to be gay. Or anyone who officials might suspect is gay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk8ingcoach View Post
    plushenko will be flag bearer

    i would think the torchlighter would be someone from skating
    You don't forget about Ovechkin..he has chance too

    the torchliter: Rodnina, Latynina, Tretiak...they have chance...

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    In 1980, the last time the Olympics were in Russia, it was Serge Belov who lit the flame.

    In the gold medal game of the 1972 Summer Olympics, Belov scored 20 points against the United States national basketball team, as the Soviet Union defeated the USA, by a score of 51-50, to win the gold.
    The choice was obviously political at the time. If it is political again, Plushenko is a pretty obvious choice. I still like the idea of Latynina, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.H.Black View Post
    In 1980, the last time the Olympics were in Russia, it was Serge Belov who lit the flame.



    The choice was obviously political at the time. If it is political again, Plushenko is a pretty obvious choice. I still like the idea of Latynina, though.
    Wouldn't the equivalent be if Berezhnaya and sikharulidze jointly lit the flame? That would be amazing!

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    Sandra Dubravčić lit the Olympic flame in Sarajevo 1984

    I would love to see Irina Rodnina have the honor.
    But it would be cool to see Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze as well.
    As of March 2013 - no longer scared of TAHbKA or Andrey aka Pushkin

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    Sandra Dubravčić lit the Olympic flame in Sarajevo 1984

    I would love to see Irina Rodnina have the honor.
    But it would be cool to see Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze as well.
    As of March 2013 - no longer scared of TAHbKA or Andrey aka Pushkin

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    Irina Rodnina seems like the only great choice! She is a legend.

    But I won't know until afterwards, as I will not be watching AT ALL.

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    I think the most successful Soviet/Russian winter Olympian is cross country skier Raisa Smetanina with 10 medals. I wouldn't mind her lighting the flame, maybe Rodnina could skate across the stadium and give her the torch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caseyedwards View Post
    Wouldn't the equivalent be if Berezhnaya and sikharulidze jointly lit the flame? That would be amazing!
    But then, wouldn't Sale and Pelletier have to light it, too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrellH View Post
    But then, wouldn't Sale and Pelletier have to light it, too?
    Lol! Ugh! Veto!

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    Tretiak would be a great choice. He was utterly, brilliantly, brilliant...and as far as I know, much loved in Russia, where hockey is loved like it is here.

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