Choosing the design for an Olympic torch is the responsibility of the Olympic Committee, which must review several submitted design proposals. The team whose design is chosen for the upcoming Olympic Games must ensure that the torch is both pleasing to the eye and fully functional. While Olympic torches vary, modern ones all have a distinctive look that is credited to a man named John Hench, the creator of the 1960 Winter Olympics torch. Since Hench, all subsequent Olympic torches have sought to incorporate both elements of the host country and a specific theme unique to those games. It can take up to two years to design an Olympic torch. Once the design phase is complete, thousands of these torches must then be replicated for use during the different legs of the Olympic relay.
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