The long-awaited images of the torch that will carry the Olympic fire at the opening ceremony of the 2024 Paris Games next summer have finally been unveiled.
The redesigned torch showcases a sleek silver-colored cylinder made from recycled steel as part of an initiative to minimize the carbon footprint of the 2,000 torches that will be manufactured for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Designed in collaboration with renowned French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, the torch will commence its journey from Olympia, Greece, to Paris on May 8. A total of 10,000 torchbearers will take turns carrying it, with the last torchbearer igniting the cauldron during the opening ceremony.
Inspiration and Symbolism
According to Lehanneur, the design of the torch draws inspiration from three significant themes: equality, water, and peacefulness. It aims to be a symbol of cohesion and sharing, emphasizing its crucial role in the Games.
Evolving Torch Design
Weighing 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds) and standing at 70 centimeters (27.5 inches) tall, each torch represents a remarkable transformation since its inception. To explore the evolution of the Olympic torch throughout history, take a look at the pictures here.
Countdown to Paris 2024
Mark your calendars! The highly anticipated 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris will officially commence on July 26.