Sochi 2014 presents torch, uniform to be used for Winter Games relay
Russian 2002 World Champion in ice dancing Ilia Averbukh, left, and Russian Olympic Champion in ice dancing Tatyana Navka present the Olympic torch and uniform for the relay of the Olympic and Paralympic Flame for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, in Moscow on Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, January 14, 2013 10:58AM EST
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 and is nearly a metre high.