Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Torch designs revealed

What will the Beijing 2022 Olympic torch look like? What's the inspiration behind the Olympic torch design? Answers to those questions and more are right here, as details are released by Games organisers.

By Ed Knowles

The design of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Torch has been made public for the first time by the organisers of the next Winter Games.

The torches were revealed during an event to mark one year to go until the Olympics in China begin, on 4th February.

The Beijing 2022 Olympic torch, named 'Flying' (飞扬 Fei Yang in Chinese) features a striking inner red 'blazing ribbon' that contrasts with a second ribbon that is silver-plated on the outer edge of the torch.

The design team explained that the inspiration for the two colours was as a metaphor for fire and ice.

It symbolises how it will bring ‘light and warmth to the winter sport scene’.

The torch was unveiled in an event at the National Aquatics Centre, which will host the curling competition at Beijing 2022.

The inspiration behind the Olympic Torch for Beijing 2022
Picture by Beijing 2022 Organising Committee

The Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games torch features a gold inner ribbon, with silver outside.

The torches will carry the Olympic and Paralympic Flames on their journey to the Opening Ceremonies.

Beijing 2022 Paralympic Torch unveiling

The torches have echoes of the main cauldron design from the Beijing 2008 Games, which highlights the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic spirit in the Chinese capital.

Beijing is the first city in the world to be awarded host city status for both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

The final design was selected from 182 entries in a global competition.

Li Jianye, the designer of the torch's appearance, said at the unveiling, “By using the same color 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.”

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