London 2012 Torch Relay prototypes unveiled

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Updated: June 8, 2011

The Olympic Games organisers, LOCOG, this morning showed the world the first images of the 2012 Olympic Torch prototypes at a special launch at St Pancras Station, home of Eurostar. The Torch will be carried by some 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers.

The 70-day Olympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung will take the Olympic Flame on an 8,000 mile journey across the UK – and possibly Ireland – (if approved by the I.O.C) next summer.

From the start point of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay at Land’s End on 19 May 2012 an average of 110 people a day will take centre stage by carrying the Olympic Flame on its journey before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The winning design won by East London designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby after a competitive tender,connects the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay to each of the 8,000 Torchbearers and their community.

The Torch’s triangular, gold-coloured form is perforated by 8,000 circles representing the 8,000 Torchbearers and their stories of personal achievement and/or contribution to their local community which will be celebrated during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

The triangular form of the Torch design has been inspired by the identification of multiples of three that are found across the vision and delivery of the Olympic Games:

· The three Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship;
· The three words that make the Olympic motto – faster, higher,stronger;
· The fact the UK has hosted the Olympic Games three times – in 1908, 1948 and 2012;
· The vision for the London 2012 Olympic Games to combine three strands of work – sport, education and culture.

The Torch stands 800mm high and weighs 800g.

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