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20 January 2003, 02:01 pm
Olympic Torch Unveiled
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2004 Olympic Games

An olive leaf design crafted out of wood and magnesium was unveiled as the torch for the 2004 Athens Olympics last Wednesday 15 January 2003.
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge and chief 2004 organizer Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki presented the torch.

The torch design was drew inspiration from the olive tree, which has also contributed to the design of the olive wreath-shaped Athens 2004 emblem.

The torch is 27 inches tall and weighs 21 ounces. It was selected from 21
proposals and created by Greek industrial designer Andreas Varotsos.

Although details have not been released, the Olympic torch relay will last five months and pass through North and South America, Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe. It will be the first time the torch will go to each of the continents, with the exception of Antarctica, organizers said.
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