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The coolest aspect of the baton is that it is an unique artifact and they can experiment lots of materials and gadgets inside it as there's no need for pipes and burners. But when designers try to make it look like an unlit torch that's when things get pointless.

I agree.

While the Commonwealth Games baton does lack the glitz of the torch, I like that the Commonwealth Games has something unique which is part of its own heritage. It hasn't felt the need to do a carbon copy of the Olympic Games.

They say Christmas is for kids, I think the Commonwealth baton relay is for the small communities, towns and villages. It does arguably get lost in the Sydney and Londons of this world.

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Just trawled my usual design blogs and the torch isn't setting the design world alight which is a bit weird. In fact there is nothing about the torch at all.

Also just watched the video on the BBC and the finish is not matt like I thought but more pearlescent, so you will get slight sparkle in all that lovely Brasilian sunshine.

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but more pearlescent, so you will get slight sparkle in all that lovely Brasilian sunshine.

Love that new word, Davey. My previous car, a Neon, which Sir Rols had ridden in when he was in the SF Bay Area last, was like a pearl gray, but per the catalogue, it was called a Quartz Irridium color. Go figure.

I hope the white bkgd of the new torch can have any carbon smudges wipe off easily.

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Just trawled my usual design blogs and the torch isn't setting the design world alight which is a bit weird. In fact there is nothing about the torch at all.

Also just watched the video on the BBC and the finish is not matt like I thought but more pearlescent, so you will get slight sparkle in all that lovely Brasilian sunshine.

It isn't setting the design world alight because the design world is fuming hot with the classic "Why didn't we think of that first" jealousy rage. :)

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They are going to have to be quite colourful torchbearer outfits in my opinion. At least the top half.

Or rather I suspect, the torchbearer outfits were always intended to be colourful, so they made the torch basically white. Then again, the more photos I see of it, the more I'm liking the way the coloured cutouts give it quirky interest.

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Maybe the outfits will only come in one size and will be a white body stocking using the same mechanic.

Someone taller will get more of the colour reveal, while someone shorter will be all in white : ) Just a thought

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Looks like I was right. I just found this in the support documents on the Rio 2016 website.

This is it, the one size fits all, Rio 2016 flame retardant torchbearer body stocking.

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That's exactly what I was thinking. So you start out crouched (and the torch compressed) when the flame is passed to the new bearer. Then, as you run your 300 or 500m, you slowly stretch out, together with the torch-- and reach the next runner, fully elongated.

How about the escort runners? They have to synch their costume stretching, too!!

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Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay to start on 3 May
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The Olympic torch was the centre of attention as Rio's residents celebrated one year to the Games (Photo: Comitê Rio 2016)

The Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay is taking shape. Following the announcement of the 83 Brazilian cities through which the torch will pass, made during the torch presentation, the first dates for the route were confirmed on Wednesday (5 August).

In a press conference at Barra Olympic Park, Carlos Nuzman, president of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, announced that the torch will be lit in the Greek city of Olympia, according to the ancient tradition of the Olympic Games, on 21 April 2016.

After a quick tour of Greece, the torch will travel by plane to Brazil, arriving on 27 April. And, on 3 May 2016, the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay will finally begin in Brasília, lasting 95 days and culminating in the lighting of the cauldron at the Maracanã Stadium, on 5 August 2016, exactly a year from now.

Also this Wednesday, Rio 2016 took the Olympic torch to Largo da Carioca, in the city centre, so that the public could “get to know” it personally, in a sneak preview of what will be experienced from May 2016 during the relay. In innumerable selfies, hundreds of people recorded the torch from just a few metres away.

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Performance artists made the most of the torch's visit to Rio city centre (Photo: Rio 2016)

The 83 cities announced include the 26 state capitals, as well as the Federal District, and will be the destination of the torch at the end of each day of the relay – or rather, where it will spend the night – with the exception of when there are technical stops or special moments along the torch’s journey.

Besides the carrying of the torch, the relay involves an entire convoy of vehicles, which should pass through around 500 cities: 300 will welcome the relay itself and a further 200 will watch the convoy pass by with the flame exposed. The complete itinerary will be published at the beginning of 2016.

The course was planned with the objective of reaching the greatest number of people possible, within the pre-established period for the total duration of the relay. Rio 2016 estimates that the torch relay will reach 90 per cent of Brazilians.

There will be 12,000 torchbearers, each one carrying the torch for roughly 200 metres and passing the Olympic flame from one to the next. A total of 20,000km will be covered by road and over 10,000 miles by air across parts of the North and Centre-West, between Teresina and Campo Grande – without the flame being extinguished.

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