Torch Relay

The Olympic flame has begun its three month journey across 26 states and through 300 cities and towns on a 20,000km journey around Brazil in the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The flame is scheduled to travel through every state in Brazil, visit their capital cities and be carried by approximately 12,000 torchbearers throughout the journey.

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90 per cent of the Brazilian population will witness this iconic Olympic relay, and see firsthand the torch which was designed to reflect the unprecedented meeting between the Olympic flame and the human warmth of the Brazilian people.

The Olympic spirit is present in the torch’s texture with triangles running the length of its body, alluding to the three Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect, and in the floating effect of its different segments, referring to the efforts of the athletes.

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One of the main innovation features of the Rio 2016 Olympic torch is the movement of these segments, which open up and expand vertically when the Olympic flame is passed from one torchbearer to another. Upon expanding, the segments reveal the elements that add the Brazilian flavour: harmonious diversity, contagious energy and exuberant nature, with the soil, the sea, the mountains, the sky and the sun represented in the colours of the Brazilian flag, which are also present in the visual identity of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The 2016 Olympic Torch relay is set to be one of the most spectacular in Olympic history. 


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