Sochi organizers unveil Olympic torch

January, 14, 2013
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Ilia AverbukhAndrey Smirnov/AFP/Getty Images

The organizers for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games unveiled their Olympic torch on Monday, with a futuristic feel.

"The Olympic torch is one of the key symbols of the Games," 2014 Sochi Olympics Organizing Committee president and chief executive Dmitry Chernyshenko said at a news conference. "In our case, it symbolizes the beauty and diversity of Russia."

Last week, the committee released the torch relay, which is said to be the longest in the history of the Winter Games. The flame will be held by some 14,000 torchbearers over four months and travel through 2,900 towns and settlements, starting Oct. 7, 2013.

Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov said in July that the relay planned to take a trip to the International Space Station, but no details were announced Sunday.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.



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