London 2012 Olympics: five athletes may light flame at opening ceremony
One of the men deciding who will light the Olympic cauldron at Friday night’s opening ceremony has given a strong hint yet that it will not be Sir Steve Redgrave or Daley Thompson.
Instead, the British Olympic Association chief executive Andy Hunt said: “It will be a wow moment,” indicating it may be the method of lighting the flame, rather than the person given the honour, that will be the defining moment of the night.
Hunt said the decision about who lit the flame had been debated with Locog chief executive Paul Deighton and had now been made.
“It is a discussion that has taken quite some time,” Hunt said. “The ceremonies committee makes a recommendation and we can support that. We have come to a mutually agreeable decision.”
The ceremonies team, led by Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle, are keen that the lighting of the flame is coherent to the theme of the night – the Isles of Wonder – and is integrated into the cinematic concept of the ceremony. But while there has been strong support for Redgrave, Thompson and Roger Bannister, there have been murmurs that perhaps five athletes might be involved, symbolising the five rings of the Olympic movement and that global figures such as Muhammad Ali or Aung San Suu Kyi could play a role. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympi ... emony.html
Basically, no one knows whether it will be one, two or a group and no one knows how it will be lit! I can't see a politician such as San Suu Kyi or Mandella being involved. It will definitely have a wow factor and probably be very emotional. Almost certainly the likes of Thompson, Redgrave, Kelly Holmes, Pinsent, Bannister and other legends will be part of the pre-lighting build up but then........???