The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee has unveiled one of the main features of the relay for the 2014 Winter Olympics Games: the torch that will carry the flame.
The torch for Sochi 2014 was developed by a team of famous Russian designers and engineers.
At the presentation ceremony in Moscow, the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee also unveiled the official uniform for the Olympic torchbearers who will take part in the Sochi 2014 relay.
The uniform was designed by BOSCO company, the general partner of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.
The Olympic torch was presented by the Sochi 2014 ambassadors Tatiana Navka and Ilya Averbukh.
The torch is one of the key symbols of the Games and often captures the imagination of the world.
With its bright, eye-catching design, the Sochi 2014 torch is intended to reflect Russian hospitality, and the joyful and inspirational atmosphere which is an integral part of the Olympic torch Relays.
The Olympic torch is red, the traditional colour of Russian sport.
The concept behind the torch for the 2014 Games is based on the contrasts of Russia.
It combines motifs from Russian folklore with ideas of innovation and technological breakthroughs.
Its form reminds of the feather of the magic bird, which is said to bring good fortune and happiness.
Its pattern is something that all Russians have been familiar with since childhood, when they first hear the fairy-tales and legends about the Firebird, or the Phoenix which rose from the ashes.
The torch design was developed by a Russian creative team, led by Vladimir Pirozhkov and Andrei Vodyanik.
The designers paid particular attention to the torch’s construction and its flame-lighting system.
The construction of the torch ensures that the flame burns reliably in difficult conditions, such as strong winds, heavy frosts or any surprises that a Russian winter can throw up.