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16 January, 2003
Athens 2004 organizers (ATHOC) on Wednesday unveiled the much-anticipated winning design for the Olympic Torch, inspired and based on one of the seminal elements of ancient Greek civilization: the olive tree's leaf.
Visiting IOC President Jacques Rogge and ATHOC President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki presented the design at the organizing committees headquarters before a crowd that included most of the organizing committees executives, a handful of 2004-related government ministers -- including Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos -- as well as deputy ministers and local government officials.
Made out of metal and wood, the design was submitted by noted Greek artist Varotsos.
According to ATHOC, the sleek torch's form was drawn from the leaf's lines and harmonious shape. Weighing 700 grams. and standing at 68 cm, the Torch's design was selected to enhance the Flame with its upward dynamic shape.
The two-toned sides, metallic (magnesium) and wood (olive) are found in their natural colors, ATHOC notes, while adding that Varotsos referred to the ancient Greek adage of pan metron ariston (all things in moderation) to give the torch its structure and simplicity.
The Olympic Torch comprises the messenger of the Olympic ideal. This Torch radiates Greece. Its construction specifications are strict, and it was among 13 proposals. We finally found all of these (elements) in the one by industrial designer Andreas Varotsos, Angelopoulos-Daskalaki said.
In his comments, Rogge emphasized that for the first time the Olympic Torch will pass through all five continents, while stressing that the Torch Relay unites society with the athletes and the Olympic Games.
On his part, Varotsos noted that the olive tree as a symbol encompasses all of Greece, one that also sends a message of peace.
Source: Athens News Agency