Thompson or Redgrave

Who should light the flame ?

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13/07/2012 at 21:25

If today's papers are to be believed (always a dangerous assumption) it seems the honour of lighting the Olympic flame is coming down to a straight choice between Steve Redgrave or Daley Thompson.

Assuming this is correct, who would you choose ?

Personally, I would pick Daley, mainly on the grounds that rowing is a pretty exclusive sport worldwide and doesn't have the level of competition that athletics does, so Daley's 2 golds are "worth more" relatively speaking. In his heyday, Daley Thompson was inspirational and a magnificent athlete and competitor - even if Steve Ovett (no friend of his by all accounts) described the decathlon as "9 mickey-mouse events followed by a painfully slow 1500 metres" ! 

13/07/2012 at 21:35

I vote for Eddie the Eagle.

13/07/2012 at 21:45
Judging by the cronyism going on it'll be Coe.

Possibly David Beckham. Redgrave has already had a go on the flame.

I favour an unknown 8year old girl from the east end who can sing and dance well and looks pretty in a pink Olympic tracksuit.
13/07/2012 at 22:02

Beckham said he wouldn't be doing it. Redgrave has already carried it.

Dame Kelly? Has she run with it yet?

14/07/2012 at 07:20
Why would it be Beckham? Because he looks good in a pair of pants? He's never son anything at the Olympics ad far as I know. Never won anything at international level.
14/07/2012 at 07:36

I like the idea of Dame Kelly or another olympc athlete... I thought Steve Redgrave has already done the lighting bit?

14/07/2012 at 10:21

 Because he looks good in a pair of pants? He's never son anything at the Olympics ad far as I know.


Booo    pirate
14/07/2012 at 11:09

In keeping with the whole spirit of the torch 'relay' I think it will be either the chief exec of Coca Cola (other gut destroying beverages are avaialble) , or the fuckwits Jedward will get a triumphant second go at disgracing the nation.


Booo    pirate
14/07/2012 at 11:11

actually further inkeeping with the whole 'relay'  ideal , my vote now goes to ertgdsf Chris for his services to spamming

14/07/2012 at 11:30

Didn't Beckham already do his bit with bringing the flame to the UK?

Personally, if Dame Kelly hasn't already done it, then it should either be her, or Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson

14/07/2012 at 11:36

I'd go for Redgrave, if not him then how about Roger Bannister? The four minute mile is perhps something even more iconic than gold medals

14/07/2012 at 11:58

Big Daddy.

14/07/2012 at 12:54
Isn't Big Daddy dead?
14/07/2012 at 13:34


Booo    pirate
14/07/2012 at 13:48

how about Tally Ho Kaye then ? 

14/07/2012 at 14:03

Dr Roger Bannister gets my vote.I did not know he was still alive until he was on TV the other evening. He is widely acknowledged for breaking the four minute mile despite some grumbles from elsewhere (e.g.USA, Russia) that are largely ignored. I think overseas viewers would be thrilled to see such a renowned athlete from history and realise he was still with us. But maybe people are only interested in modern era celebrity athletes?

seren nos    pirate
14/07/2012 at 14:14

steve redgrave for me

14/07/2012 at 14:17

Bannister's not a bad shout but I think it should be an Olympic icon.  Thompson gets my vote, but then I'm a man of a certain age. 

14/07/2012 at 15:33
Edited: 14/07/2012 at 15:34
14/07/2012 at 19:01

Bannister only went for the 4 minute mile because he had a stinker of an olympics - he started plotting it after failing to medal at Helsinki. So maybe he would be appropriate - there's more to life than winning gold?

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