8,000 Olympic Torches Come Off Production Line for London 2012 Games
The Olympic torch has become an iconic symbol for the world’s biggest athletic games.
A 150-strong team at an English factory are hard at work manufacturing the London2012 Olympic torch.
The Premier Group in Coventry are making 8,000 torches, one for each Torchbearer during the 70-day Torch Relay around the UK.
Add to that almost 4,000 extra torches for Olympics sponsors and the factory is hard at work making the 80cm triangular golden torches.
More than 100 are coming off the production line each day.
Integral to the design are the 8,000 holes in the aluminum alloy skin.
It is easier for runners to carry because it is the lightest ever made weighing in at 1.7lbs.
The design must also protect the bearer from the heat and flames.
The triangular shape was inspired by a variety of “threes” that the designers wanted to embody: The Olympic motto of ‘faster, higher, stronger’; the years London has hosted the Games, 1908, 1948 and 2012; and the founding principles for the London Games, of sport, education and culture.
Torchbearers were chosen by public nomination and an average of 115 of them will carry the Olympic flame on its 8,000-mile journey to the Olympic Stadium each day.
Torches will be carried by 7,300 nominated people, and the remaining 700 will be athletes and celebrities.
The Olympic flame arrives in the UK on May 18 and begins its journey at Land’s End on the morning of May 19.