The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee together with the Presenting Partners for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Torch Relay – the Coca-Cola Company, Ingosstrakh Insurance Company and JSC Russian Railways Company have unveiled one of the main features of the Relay for the 2014 Games: the torch that will carry Paralympic flame.
The torches for Sochi 2014 were developed by a team of famous Russian designers and engineers. At the presentation ceremony in Moscow, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee also unveiled the official uniform for the Paralympic torchbearers who will take part in the Sochi 2014 Relays. The uniform was designed by BOSCO company, the General Partner of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The Paralympic torch was presented by the Sochi 2014 Ambassadors Natalia Vodianova and Olesya Vladykina.
The Paralympic torch is sky-blue, and symbolizes the strength of character inherent in the Paralympic movement.
The concept behind the torch for the 2014 Games is based on the contrasts of Russia. It combines motifs fr om Russian folklore with ideas of innovation and technological breakthroughs. Its form reminds of the feather of the magic bird, which is said to bring good fortune and happiness. Its pattern is something that all Russians have been familiar with since childhood, when they first hear the fairy-tales and legends about the Firebird, or the Phoenix which rose from the ashes.
The torch design was developed by a Russian creative team led by Vladimir Pirozhkov and Andrei Vodyanik.
The designers paid particular attention to the torch's construction and its flame-lighting system. The construction of the torch ensures that the flame burns reliably in difficult conditions, such as strong winds, heavy frosts or any surprises that a Russian winter can throw up.
The body of the torch is made of aluminum. The color is light-silver "chrome", and the finish - low-dispersion matte. The upper part contains the emblem of the Games and is created using an encrustation method. The torch's handle and central decorative stand are cast using a high-density, highly transparent polymer. The details on the inside of the torch are covered in ultra-glossy dyes with a transparent surface featuring sky-blue color.
The torch weighs nearly 1.8 kg, is 0.95 m tall, 0.145 m wide (at its widest part), and 54 mm deep. Its weight and center of gravity were carefully calculated so as to make the torch as comfortable as possible to carry whilst running.
The torch and its component parts have been put through numerous tests, and have been tested in the harshest of conditions.
More than 1000 Paralympic torches will be produced.
The President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko remarked:
"The torch is a key symbol of the Relay. The Sochi 2014 torch combines traditional Russian motifs with the very latest technical know-how in the field of design. The elegant, extraordinary and radiant Sochi 2014 torch represents Russia's beauty and its multifaceted nature.”
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The Paralympic Torch Relay will pass through all 8 of Russia's Federal Districts. Between February 26 and March 7, over a 1000 torchbearers will carry the Paralympic torch through at least 50 Russian regions. The Relay will come to its conclusion at the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Sochi.
The Coca-Cola Company, Ingosstrakh Insurance Company and JSC Russian Railways Company are the Presenting Partners for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Torch Relay
The Presenting Partners for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Torch Relay
The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, the world's most valuable brand, our Company's portfolio features 15 billion dollar brands.
Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy Coca-Cola drinks at a rate of 1.8 billion servings a day.
The Coca-Cola Company in Russia is the leading manufacturer of high-quality non-alcoholic drinks and one is one of the largest Russian foreign investors, who has invested over $3 billion into the Russian economy. The Coca-Cola drinks produced in 16 innovative factories in Russia from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok (including Multon and Nidan factories).
The Coca-Cola Company in Russia unites the Coca-Cola Company and the Coca-Cola Hellenic bottler-partner and provides workplaces for more than 15,000 highly skilled professionals.
Since 1928, The Coca-Cola Company has been involved in the Olympic Movement. The company has been a proud supporter the Paralympic Games since the Games in Barcelona in 1992. The Coca-Cola Company is honored to be a Presenting Partner for both Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays.
More information about the Company can be found on websites: www.thecocacolacompany.com and www.coca-cola.ru
Ingosstrakh Insurance Company
Ingosstrakh Insurance Company has been operating overseas and in domestic markets since 1947. Founded 65 years ago, Ingosstrakh has been transformed from a small operation into a huge company and is now a global insurance provider at a federal level, and a market leader in insurance cover.
The company has branches throughout Russia, and has offices in 310 towns and cities in the Russian Federation. Ingosstrakh also has affiliated companies operating in neighboring countries and further afield. All of which are part of the international INGO group.
The insurance provider has representative offices operating in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, India and China. Today, the company's client base includes more than 12 million private customers and over 400,000 commercial and state companies. The impressive business reputation that Ingosstrakh has achieved has been endorsed by international ratings agency, Standard & Poor's, and Russian agency “Expert PA”.
The partnership between Ingosstrakh and sport goes back over thirty years. 32 years ago, Ingosstrakh was the general insurer for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, providing insurance cover both during the preparations for the Games and during the competitions themselves. Ingosstrakh actively participated in the insurance of the venues which were constructed before the 1980 Games. During the Olympics, the Olympic flame was protected by Ingosstrakh and the company also insured the athletes' Torch Relay. The policy was active throughout the entire Olympic Torch Relay, which took place on the territory of Greece, Romania and USSR Republics.
30 years after the staging of the Olympics in 1980, Ingosstrakh has again been awarded this high honor. Since October 2010 Ingosstrakh has been a Presenting Partner – the Official Insurer of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Sochi 2014. Thus Ingosstrakh for the second time in its 65 year history will support one of the most important sports events – the Games and their mission to unite the entire country and to demonstrate the beauty and diversity of Russia to the whole world.
JSC Russian Railways Company
JSC Russian Railways Company is one of the biggest transport companies in the world, with a network consisting of over 85,000 km of railway lines. Every year the company provides transit for a billion passengers and over 1.2 billion tons of freight.
In February 2010, Russian Railways Company became a General Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2014.
The company is implementing a range of important projects related to the construction new railways, stations and other infrastructure in the region wh ere the 2014 Games are going to be held, all of which are designed to ensure transit of construction material and equipment during the preparations for the Olympics, and to take competitors and spectators to the competition venues.
All the projects being carried out by Russian Railways Company are taking place at unique construction sites, and serve as examples of complex task-solution: they are being created taking account of "barrier-free environment" requirements, so that they can be used by people with disabilities, with the very latest technology and "green building" standards applied.
The infrastructure elements on which Russian Railways Company is working will form the main component of the legacy left by the Sochi 2014 Games. The new railway lines and stations will significantly improve passenger comfort on rail journeys, and the volume of passenger and freight transportation by rail will increase