Sochi Olympics Torch Debuts

CNC report from Moscow
Added On January 16, 2013

The 2014 Winter Olympic games will be hosted in the city of Sochi, a renowned Russian Black Sea resort.

The torch for the 2014 Winter Olympics debuted on Monday. It will be able to withstand strong wind and low temperatures.

The torches for both Olympic and Paralympic games are identical in shape but differ in color, with the Olympic torch painted in red and the Paralympic one in blue.

According to the designers, the shape of the 95-cm, 1.8-kg torches is thought to resemble a feather of a Russian fairy-tale "Fire Bird".

The torch relay for the 2014 Olympic Games will kick off on October 7th, 2013, when the Olympic Flame arrives in Russia from Athens.

The torch relay, involving 14,000 torch carriers to travel over 65,000 km through all 83 Russian regions, will be the longest in Olympic history. The route includes Russia's tallest mountain of Elbrus, Lake Baikal and the Northern Pole.

Thus the torch must be able to withstand strong wind and low temperatures and is different from that of the Summer games.

The host vows to bring the public a splendid opening ceremony.