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Sochi 2014 unveils Olympic torch

14 Jan 2013
Moscow, Russia: The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee has unveiled the torch that will carry the Olympic flame during the next Winter Games. The torch was presented by Sochi 2014 Ambassadors Tatiana Navka and Ilya Averbukh at a ceremony in Moscow. Developed by a creative team, led by Vladimir Pirozhkov and Andrei Vodyanik, the Sochi 2014 torch is chrome with red detail – red being the traditional colour of Russian sport.

Designed in the shape of a feather, the torch is also reminiscent of the Firebird, or Phoenix – the legendary bird that rose from the ashes and which features prominently in Russian folklore as a symbol of good fortune and happiness. A total of 14,000 torches will be produced.

The President of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, remarked: “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 multifaceted nature.”

At the presentation ceremony in Moscow, the Organising Committee also unveiled the official uniform for the Olympic Torchbearers.

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