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London unveils 'golden glow' 2012 Olympic torch

June 9, 2011 - London

The 2012 London Olympics organizers have unveiled the golden torch that thousands of runners will use to carry the Olympic flame 8,000 miles to the opening ceremony.

The torch is a three-sided golden cone made from an aluminum alloy. The flame will burn through its 8,000 circular perforations- one to represent each torchbearer.

The torch, unveiled at London's Saint Pancras train station, has been created by designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, the BBC reports.

"We felt it should be something that's really beautiful and simple," said Osgerby.

"But it had to feel like a functional object, a piece of sporting equipment like a baton" said Barber.

The design will undergo weather testing in Munich where it will be exposed to low temperatures, wind and rain.

London organizing committee chairman Sebastian Coe said the torch that carries the Olympic flame is one of the most recognizable and significant symbols of an Olympic Games.

"Members of the public right across the UK are busy nominating inspiring people to be torchbearers and I am thrilled we have a beautifully-designed, engineered and crafted torch for them to carry," he added.


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