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Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Torch design

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November 1, 2017-February 9, 2018 -- The Olympic torch will be lit in Greece before travelling 2,018km over 101 days through 17 cities and provinces across South Korea, carried by 7,500 torchbearers.

Responsive interactive graphic shows the principles behind the design of the 2018 Winter Olympics Torch, its evolution since its inception in 1952, and the route of the torch relay within South Korea.

The Olympic Torch is designed to reflect the spirit of unity and connection between all competitors from the world’s five continents. Five-sided pentagon shape represents five continents to which all competitors belong. The repeating star motif signifies first consonant of second syllable of Korean alphabet for PyeongChang, and, again, symbolises five continents

The gold Inner sheath is intended to be extension of flame once the torch is lit. Once lit it is designed to withstand drastic changes in weather, which can occur during the relay, without being extinguished.

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