Torch and Uniform for Olympic Flame Relay Unveiled

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The official Olympic torch for the 2014 Sochi winter games and the outfit to be worn by participants in the torch relay were unveiled in Moscow on Monday.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, the president and chief executive of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, shared the stage with figure skaters Ilya Averbukh and Tatyana Navka and fashion model Natalya Vodyanova.

The design of the torch combines motifs from Russian folklore with ideas of innovation and technological breakthroughs.

Chernyshenko said it resembles "a feather of the fairy Firebird and was inspired by the best works of Russian artists" such as Ivan Bilibin and Boris Kustodiyev.

"It is very dear to us, Russians, but at the same time understandable to the entire world," he added.

The organizers say designers paid particular attention to the torch's construction and its flame-lighting system.

Its construction ensures that the flame will burn 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.

It weighs nearly 1.8 kg (4 pounds), and is 0.95 meters (3 feet) tall.

Chernyshenko said there were no doubts that Russia is a "great country capable of fulfilling all its obligations".

"Even now, if you come to Sochi you will see that all the sport infrastructure is ready," he added.

The uniform that will be worn by participants in the Olympic torch relay was also unveiled on Monday.

Alyona Ivanova, a volunteer, said she liked the uniform very much.

"It is bright, it is charged with optimism and gives us hope for the best that we will win and everything will go well," she said.

The Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi from 7 to 23 February 2014.

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