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Sochi Olympic torches to tough-out Russia's winter weather

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Thousands of Olympic torches are being churned out for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

The torches are specially designed to resist Russia’s extreme weather. The flame will need to burn brightly in high winds, heavy frosts and temperatures between -40 and 40 degrees Celsius.

The relay torches are being produced by the Machine Engineering plant in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, where submarine ballistic rockets and parts for space rockets are normally manufactured.

Viktor Filippov, deputy chief engineer at the factory told euronews: “We tried to match the technical requirements. It’s quite exaggerated to say it can keep the flame burning anywhere, but it will do that in the given temperature range.”

Some 14,000 torchbearers will carry the flame over 56,000 kilometers, making it the longest every Olympic torch relay.

The factory is working towards a September 29 deadline when the torches must be delivered to different regions across Russia, and readied for the lighting ceremony.

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games will take place from February 7 – February 23.

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