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London 2012 Olympic Torch

 

More than half of the London 2012 Torchbearers are expected to be young people aged as young as 12, so the designers aimed to make the Torch as light as possible.

It is made from an special aluminium alloy developed for the aerospace and automotive industry. The alloy is lightweight but strong, with excellent heat resistance. The 8,000 circles also reduce the weight of the final design, whilst ensuring strength isn’t compromised. The Torch weighs 800 grams.

The gold colour embraces the qualities of the Olympic Flame – the brightness and the warmth of the light that it shines.

 

Things you might not have known about the Olympic Torch

  • The Olympic Flame, Torch and Relay draw on a history going back to the ancient Olympic Games in Greece.
  • A very precise ritual for the lighting of the Flame is followed at every Games. It is lit from the sun’s rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, in a traditional ceremony among the ruins of the home of the ancient Games.
  • After a short relay around Greece, the Flame is handed over to the new Host City at another ceremony in the Panathenaiko stadium in Athens.
  • The Flame is then delivered to the Host Country, where it is transferred from one Torchbearer to another, spreading the message of peace, unity and friendship. It ends its journey as the last Torchbearer lights the cauldron at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, marking the official start of the Games.
  • The Flame is extinguished on the final day of the Games, at the Closing Ceremony.

Source: http://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/LeisureCultureLibraries/2012Olympics/Olympic-Torch-facts.aspx

 

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