The London Olympic organizers have not named the lighter of the torch for the opening ceremonies and a number of names are being floated around as possible candidates. 2-time Gold medal winning decathlete Delay Thompson or 5-time Gold winning rower Steven Redgrave would be great choices, but in my mind there is only one clear choice for this honor.
The first man to ever run the sub-4-minute-mile deserves this honor. After Olympic failure in 1952, Bannister set his mind on breaking the 4-minute-mile mark. Some of you may not realize how crazy of a goal this was. Many people actually believed you could die from running the mile that fast. Sub-4-minutes = DOA. In 1954 Bannister accomplished the impossible and ran a 3:59.4 mile. Do the right thing and name the 83-year-old Bannister as the lighter of the 2012 London Olympic’s Flame.
The British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith