Who should light the flame ?
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" !
I vote for Eddie the Eagle.
Beckham said he wouldn't be doing it. Redgrave has already carried it.
Dame Kelly? Has she run with it yet?
I like the idea of Dame Kelly or another olympc athlete... I thought Steve Redgrave has already done the lighting bit?
Lou Diamonds wrote (see)
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.
That's exactly what i was thinking!
Because he looks good in a pair of pants? He's never son anything at the Olympics ad far as I know.
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.
actually further inkeeping with the whole 'relay' ideal , my vote now goes to ertgdsf Chris for his services to spamming
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
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
how about Tally Ho Kaye then ?
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?
steve redgrave for me
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.
Daley Thompson because sometimes it good that the best dont just be the best but look the part.
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