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Sochi 2014 presents torch and uniform for six-month relay

Associated Press

1/14/2013 10:09:04 AM

MOSCOW -- Sochi organizers have presented the torch that will carry the Olympic flame on its six-month journey through Russia ahead of next year's Winter Games.

The torch was displayed in Moscow on Monday by two Russian ice dancers: 2002 Olympic silver medallist Ilia Averbukh and 2006 Olympic gold medallist Tatiana Navka.

They also modeled the uniform that will be worn by 14,000 torchbearers through 2,900 cities and towns during the relay, which begins on Oct. 7.

The torch design is intended to recall the feather of the Firebird, a magic fairy-tale creature. The aluminum torch weighs nearly 1.8 kilograms (4 pounds) and is nearly a meter (3 feet) high.