“Sochi 2014” volunteers took part in the presentation ceremony of Olympic Torch Relay and Paralympic Torch Relay

14 january 2013

Today 20 “Sochi 2014” volunteers took part in the presentation ceremony of Olympic Torch Relay and Paralympic Torch Relay.
They had a great opportunity to see the Sochi 2014 Relays and speak to famous athletes and the Sochi 2014 Ambassadors, including Tatiana Navka, Ilya Averbukh, Natalia Vodianova and Olesya Vladykina.

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 weighs nearly 1.8 kg, is 0.95 m tall, 0.145 m wide (at its widest part), and 54 mm deep. Its weight and center of gravity were carefully calculated so as to make the torch as comfortable as possible to carry whilst running.

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.

The body of the torch is made of aluminum. The color is light-silver "chrome", and the finish - low-dispersion matte. The upper part 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.

The torch and its component parts have been put through numerous tests, and have been tested in the harshest of conditions.
The Torches’ construction and size are similar. The only difference is the color. The Olympic torch is red, when the Paralympic torch is sky-blue symbolizing the strength of character inherent in the Paralympic movement.

A volunteer, Alyona Perebaskina, from Tomsk noted:

- I am extremely happy to participate in such a bright historic event – the presentation ceremony of Olympic Torch Relay and Paralympic Torch Relay. I liked mostly their design, after this event the feeling of pride for Russia has dramatically increased.

Volunteers, Alexander Biryukov and Damokhvalova Alyona from Moscow, commented:

- It is difficult to express emotions about the event, but we can say the only thing – we were very happy. We were especially amazed by the Sochi 2014 Ambassadors’ energy. They are very initiative people. They love Russia and believe in its nice future. The torches’ design is fascinating, you can recognize the Firebird’ feather in it. It was interesting to know that the Olympic torch will be carried by 14,000 torchbearers through 2,900 towns and cities in all 83 of Russia's regions. Everyone can join this unique unprecedented event.

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