It seems there’s not much to this, but media outlets are running with it, so let’s do the same. From some Australian news outlet that is fueling online speculation:
Speculation has gripped the Russian internet in the last weeks that the flame-lighter would be 2004 Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion Alina Kabayeva who has long been rumoured to be Putin’s lover.
“I’m aware of this (the speculation), I was told of this by (Kremlin spokesman) Dmitry Peskov. These are the usual red herrings,” Mr Putin said while touring a nature reserve above Sochi.
“We have many outstanding sportspeople who are significant and known in the whole world and I am not going to interfere in this process,” he said in comments broadcast on state television.
The person – to be chosen by the Sochi organising committee – is widely expected to be a successful Russian sports star of international fame.
You gotta hand it to Putin– he doesn’t give one half of a fuck what you think. Terrorists? Ring of Steel. Are we watching you shower? Damn straight. Those dogs? Killing them. Gays? Get lost, fairies.* Dissenters? Shot. Facilities? You’ll sleep on a 40-inch mattress and like it.
And now his girlfriend, who’s not officially his girlfriend, may light the Olympic flame in front of the whole world. And… can you blame him?
What’s that, honey? You want light torch? Papa Putin pull string. Now do bendy thing like on TV. Vlad make you wife.
We’ll keep you updated on the Opening Ceremony. But even if Alina no light torch, at least we can all take solace in turning back the clock to Cold War days the next couple weeks:
*Very important to note that paragraph is written in Putin voice.