Torch design and details
The Olympic torch is an iconic part of any Games, with each competition providing their own unique touch to the design. The torch for Beijing 2022 - bearing the name 'Flying' (飞扬 Fei Yang) - is no exception.
Beijing is the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. The design of the 2022 torch honours the Olympic legacy in the Chinese capital by featuring a similar design to the cauldron of the 2008 Olympic Games, which looked like a giant scroll.
The design of the torch is full of dynamism and vitality, with a spiral construction that resembles a fluttering ribbon where the Olympic flame sits. The emblem of Beijing 2022 sits on the mid-section of the torch, while the whirling red line on its body represents the winding Great Wall, the skiing courses at the Games, and mankind’s relentless pursuit of light, peace, and excellence.
The use of red and silver as primary colours for the torch are metaphors of ice and fire, meant to symbolise how the torch will bring 'light and warmth to the world of ice and snow'.
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The colour choice for the torch, as well as the cloud patterns covering its handle, are a nod to elements of the 2008 torch, according to its designer Li Jianye.
“By using the same colour combination and by sharing similar artistic elements with the 2008 torch, we aim to extend auspicious greetings to the world as we did at the Summer Games and to showcase Beijing’s rich Olympic culture,” Li said.
A unique feature of the torch will be on display during the Olympic Torch Relay, as torchbearers will be able to exchange the flame by interlocking the two torches via the 'ribbon' construction, symbolizing Beijing 2022’s vision to 'promote mutual understanding and respect between different cultures'.
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Made of carbon-fibre materials, the torch is light, resistant to high temperatures, and is primarily fueled by hydrogen (and thus is emission-free) - which is in keeping with the Beijing Organising Committee's endeavour to stage a 'green and high-tech Games'.
The final design was selected from 182 entries in a global competition.