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PyeongChang unveils Winter Olympic torch inspired by white porcelain

All Headlines 13:40 February 09, 2017

By Yoo Jee-ho

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- The organizers of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Thursday unveiled the torch inspired by traditional Korean white porcelain.

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) unveiled the torch at a press conference before celebrations of the one-year countdown to the competition. PyeongChang 2018, set for Feb. 9-25, will be the first Winter Games to take place in South Korea.

The POCOG said the torch was designed to keep the flame alive in the high altitudes of PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul in Gangwon Province, and in blustery winter conditions in the region.

The color white drew its cues from white porcelain and also from snow and ice, two major symbols of the Winter Olympics.

The torch was designed by South Korean artist Kim Youngse, and was manufactured by Hanwha Corp., which also made the torch for the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics.

This photo provided by the organizing committee for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Feb. 9, 2017, shows the Olympic torch. (Yonhap)

Along with the torch, the uniforms for the torch bearers were also shown to the public. They are white, as per International Olympic Committee (IOC) regulations, with the Olympic Rings and the patterns from the torch emblazoned on them.

The sleeves and the back of the shirt were made with water-repellent materials, while the shoulders and the front are waterproof.

The shirts were designed by Youngone Outdoor, an official partner of the PyeongChang Winter Games.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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