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On Exhibit: PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games Torch

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The torch for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games featured several characteristics aligning it with the host country, South Korea.

To start, the torch’s primary color is white, to represent both the snowy landscape of the region as well as the white porcelain that South Korea is known for producing.

The torch is 700 millimeters long, representing that PyeongChang is 700 meters above sea level.

The star shape that can be seen in the golden part of the top of the torch as well as along the handle of the bottom of the torch is a character in the Korean alphabet – Hangul – and is the symbol for PyeongChang.

The middle of the uniform cap, which has five sides, represents the spirit of sports, which connects races, nations, religions, genders, cultures, as well as the five continents, united by a common passion for the Games.

After being lit in Greece and flown to South Korea, the Torch Relay saw 7,500 torchbearers carry the torch on a 2,018-kilometer journey throughout the country over 101 days.

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games featured athletes from 92 nations competing in 102 medal events. The United States claimed 23 medals: nine gold, eight silver and six bronze.

The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games featured athletes from 49 nations competing in 80 medal events. The United States claimed 36 medals: 13 gold, 15 silver, eight bronze.

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