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Sochi 2014 Torch And Relay Uniform Unveiled

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Sochi 2014 unveiled its Olympic Torch and the official uniform for Olympic Torchbearers taking part in the Sochi 2014 relay, at a presentation ceremony Monday in Moscow.

The torch was developed by a team of famous Russian designers and engineers, and the uniform was designed by BOSCO company, the General Partner of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The torch is red, the traditional colour of Russian sport. Sochi 2014 says its concept is based on the contrasts of Russia, combining motifs from Russian folklore with ideas of innovation and technological breakthroughs.

Its form reminds one of the feather of the magic bird, which is said to bring good fortune and happiness, and, according to Sochi 2014, the pattern is something all Russians have been familiar with since childhood when they first heard fairy-tales and legends about the Firebird, or the Phoenix which rose to the ashes.

The construction of the torch will ensure that the flame burns reliably in difficult conditions, such as during strong winds, heavy frosts, or any surprises that come during a Russian winter.

The torch's body is made of aluminum, the colour is light-silver "chrome", and the finish is low-dispersion matte. The top part of the torch contains the emblem of the Games and is created using an encrustation method.

The torch's handle and central decorative stand are cast using a high-density, highly transparent polymer, and the details on the inside of the torch are covered in ultra-glossy dyes with a transparent surface featuring a deep red colour.

It weighs almost 1.8 kg, is 0.95 metres tall, 0.145 metres wide at its widest part, and 0.54 metres deep. The weight and centre of gravity was calculated to make the torch as comfortable as possible for those carrying it.

Fourteen thousand Olympic torches will be produced.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, President of Sochi 2014 said, "the torch is a key symbol of the relay. The Sochi 2014 torch combines traditional Russian motifs with the very latest technical know-how in the field of design. The elegant, extraordinary and radiant Sochi 2014 torch represents Russia's beauty and its multi-faceted nature".

The Sochi 2014 Torch Relay will be the longest in the history of the Winter Olympics and the longest relay to take place exclusively within the territory of the host country. It will be carried by 14,000 torchbearers through 2,900 towns and cities in all 83 of Russia's regions, beginning October 7, 2013.

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