The Olympic torches were displayed for the first time a year before the start of the Beijing Winter Games – On February 4, 2021, the presentation was held at the National Aquatics Center, where curling competitions will be held in 2022.
The Olympic torch of the 2022 Winter Games, named “Flying” (飞扬 Fei Yang in Chinese), designed by the designers in the form of two ribbons: the inner red ribbon is called the “flaming ribbon”, and it contrasts with the second outer silver ribbon.
The design team clarified that the inspiration for The choice of two colors and materials served as a metaphor for fire and ice. The design also symbolizes how the torch brings “light and warmth to winter sports competitions.”
The emblem of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics is depicted in the middle of the torch, with cloud and snowflake patterns applied to the surface from bottom to top. According to DesignNews.ru, these cloud patterns covering the torch's handle take inspiration from the main design element of the 2008 torch.
“Using the same color scheme and similar artistic elements to the 2008 torch, we aim to convey warm greetings to the world as we did at the Summer Games and showcase Beijing's rich Olympic culture,” said Li Jianye, designer of the torch. .
When the torch turns around its axis, the spiral of the red line wrapping around the body gives the impression of an endless and going high up and, according to the designers, personifies the relentless pursuit of mankind for light, peace, perfection and values promoted by the Olympic Movement.
« ;The magnificent design of the torch once again proved that the Olympic Games always provide a foundation for the integration of sports, culture, arts and sciences».
2022 Olympic Torch Design Inspirations
In honor of Beijing's status as the first city in the world to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics, the 2022 torch shares a design similar to the 2008 Olympic cauldron that resembled a giant scroll, highlighting the heritage of the Olympic spirit in China capital.
The torch of the Winter Paralympic Games has the same shape and patterns, but in a different color scheme of gold and silver. The name of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games is engraved on the bottom of the torch in Braille.
Another design twist allows both torches to connect to each other at the top as torchbearers exchange flames during the torch relay, symbolizing the vision of Beijing 2022 to promote understanding and respect between different cultures.
The final design was selected from 182 entries in a global competition starting in April 2020. According to the jury, the combination of Chinese aesthetic value, traditional cultural connotations and cutting-edge technology helped the winning design team stand out.
“The current design strikes the perfect balance between expressing the culture of the host country, the Olympic spirit, and showcasing the latest industrial technology.” , – said Lu Xiaobo, jury member and dean of the Tsinghua University Academy of Arts and Design.
Using a combustion system developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the burner, most of the time running on hydrogen (propane under certain circumstances), has been designed and rigorously tested to burn reliably in most weather conditions and withstand strong winds and extreme cold temperatures. .
Made of carbon fiber materials, the burner is lightweight and resistant to high temperatures.
As the editors of designnews.ru managed to find out, the torch can work underwater and keep the flame when rising above the surface of the water. Developers held the first-ever underwater Olympic torch relay between robot carriers ahead of the start of the Winter Olympics. The Beijing Development Group put on a futuristic show during the Olympic torch relay on February 2, presenting the world with a fantastic underwater date between two robot torchbearers, the first of its kind in Olympic history.
Robot with Olympic torch
It is worth noting that, also for the first time in Olympic history, the underwater flame of the torches in the Olympic relay in Beijing used a special smokeless environmentally friendly gaseous fuel, and designers from 31 research institutes of the Third Academy of the state-owned space giant China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) proudly said that it just proved the high-tech, environmentally friendly performance that China promised the world at the Beijing 2022 Olympics.
In front of spectators from all over the world, the curling-projectile amphibious droid took the flames from Human Torchbearer No. 254 An Guoyu and waltzed to the mouth of the icy Yongding River in Beijing, plunging into the water, where it connected with another underwater robot.
After about 8 minutes, the second robot raised a flame from the water and passed it to the 255th torchbearer An Yixian, confirming the success of this experiment.
During the Olympius relay race During the 2014 Sochi torch, the torchbearer lowered a lit torch under the surface of Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world, to a depth of 13 meters before passing the Olympic torch to the next stage, which marked the first torch relay in Olympic history between human bearers.