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Teen attempts to steal Olympic torch (VIDEO)

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The honor of getting to carry the Olympic torch is not lost on Great Britain's youth, but the importance of earning that honor -- and respecting those who have done so -- apparently is.

On Friday, a 17-year-old boy took a shot at stealing the spotlight and the Olympic torch from Anna Skora as she carried it through the town of Gravesend, the Associated Press reports.

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Security guards quickly grabbed the brash teen and briefly rushed Skora away from the main path. The boy was arrested by local police. The torch remained intact and Skora continued the relay from the town of Maidstone to Redhill, near London.




It's been somewhat of an eventful year for the torch.

A streaker interrupted the Olympic torch relay minutes before the flame was set to row down the Thames River with British rowing legend Steve Redgrave. The torch went out for the first time this year in May because of a "malfunctioning burner." It went out a couple of months later because of a much cooler reason on a whitewater-rafting course in Waltham Cross.

However, its journey has been less politically charged than in previous Olympics, AP points out:

This year's torch relay has not been hit by the human rights protests that bedeviled the Beijing Olympic relay in 2008. But police are still ready to ward off attention-seekers who might try to attack the flame on its 8,000-mile (12,800-kilometer) journey.

The torch is due to arrive in London later Friday, when a Royal Marine will rappel with it from a helicopter to the Tower of London.

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