That's the new torch design for the World Winter Games 2017

In March 2017, the „”Flame of Hope“ will embark on a journey – the Law Enforcement Torch Run – starting in Athens, Greece, until finally reaching the World Winter Games in Graz, Schladming and Ramsau, Austria.

Torch and stele were created by Austrian product designer Thomas Feichtner. Both pieces are displayed in the designforum Steiermark in Graz from 14th of November to 10th of December 2016.

Coming up soon: The Special Olympics World Winter Games in Graz, Schladming and Ramsau, Austria begin in exactly four months. With 2,700 athletes from 107 nations, the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 is the largest sports movement for people with intellectual disabilities. Preparations are under way and in full swing: The Ok-Team is working twenty-four-seven to spread the theme of the World Winter Games, “Heartbeat for the World”, all around the globe.

When the “Flame of Hope” is ignited during the Opening Ceremony on March 18, 2017, the Olympic flame will already be travelling from Athens to Austria as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Since 1981, law enforcement officers from more than forty different countries are involved in various activities for people with intellectual disabilities (in Austria since 1993). Their goals are raising awareness and acceptance among society as well as encouraging donations to aid these activities.

On the occasion of the World Winter Games, the Law Enforcement Torch Run organizes another torch run called Final Leg. With the Final Leg, the Olympic Flame is carried all the way through the host country, reaching as many people as possible. The Final Leg Team 2017 is constituted by 80 international law enforcement officers, 10 Austrian law enforcement officers, and 10 Special Olympics athletes (2 of them are from Austria). More than 30 international and Austrian law enforcement officers will make sure that preparations run smoothly in the 50 Austrian towns and cities where the Olympic flame will be travelling through.

The Final Leg begins on March 9, 2017 in Bregenz, Austria, and finds its highlight on March 18, 2017 during the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 in the Planai Stadium in Schladming, Austria. There, the “Flame of Hope” will be handed over to the athlete who will then ignite the Olympic Flame.

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Torch and Stele „Made in Austria“

Austrian designer Thomas Feichtner created the torch for the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017. The torch is yet another symbolic example of a successful project of the DESIGN TRANSFER Program of the Creative Industries Styria (CIS). A great number of ideas and drafts have been collected by CIS until the one draft by Viennese product designer Thomas Feichtner was elected the best.

 Feichtners draft of the torch is based on a simple geometric form: a hexagon, the basic shape of an ice crystal. According to Feichtner, the hexagon serves as a connector between the locations, the disciplines and the athletes. Every ice crystal is unique, and so is every athlete. Like a hexagonal crystal, the torch is composed of three hexagons projected onto each other, becoming more narrow towards the bottom. An interaction of surfaces, lines and edges with a distinctive design – a design that reflects the identities of the athletes and the region of Styria.

“It was important for me not to create a torch for disabled people. The design should not make any difference between “healthy” and “unhealthy”. The torch and the stele for the World Winter Games 2017 are yet another symbol for equality”, says designer Thomas Feichtner.

Presentation in Graz

The “Flame of Hope“ will be alight during the Games in every of the three locations (Graz, Schladming, Ramsau). For those who would like to view the torch, stele and the mascot of the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 earlier: The objects are, among many other projects of the DESIGN TRANSFER Program, on display at the designforum Steiermark, exhibition “Showcase 2016 – Success Factor Design”, Andreas-Hofer-Platz 17, 8010 Graz, November 14th – December 10th, 2016, Tuesday through Saturday, 1 – 7 pm.



The new design

Thomas Hadwig, Austrian gold medal winner in Shanghai 2007, with the new torch

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