A highlight of every Olympic Games is the arrival of the torch in the opening ceremonies. When the 2022 Winter Games begin later this week, that torch will be a little easier to carry.
The torch has been produced using carbon-fiber composites for both the shell and a fuel tank. A team of companies, including Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co., worked on creating a piece that can stand up to wind and extreme cold temperatures while also being easy to carry in the abbreviated relay that will focus on cities hosting the games. (Organizers scrapped a more traditional relay because of COVID-19.)
The companies used a specialized 3D knitting process to get a final product that swirls upward and laser etching of more than 1,200 snowflakes and other decorative elements.
China's CCTV has a video about the project. The opening ceremony begins at 6:30 a.m. Eastern time Feb. 4 in the U.S.