Today, in a ceremony in Athens the torch will be handed over to us Brits, then it will be flown on a plane in the good company of David Beckham, Seb Coe and Boris Johnson and land here tomorrow to start it’s journey around the country.
8,000 people will play a part in carting the flame around Britain until it gets to its resting place and the games begin.
Surely this morning they are waking up with stresses like – ‘The 2012 Olympic website has said that ‘this is my time to shine’, what if I don’t?’ And, ‘What if the flame goes out on my watch?’ And worse of all, ‘What will the bloody weather be like on the day I have to carry it?’.
All of these questions will be answered for them in good time but for now we can have the liberty of taking a little look at who we can expect to see wielding the torch, most likely, in the rain.
There are up to approx 100 people passing the flame to one another each day and considering this number we’re just going to have a look at those involved in the city of London for arguments sake.
The flame arrives in the City of London on the 26th July where it passes through 11 hands with the first person to take it being 43 year old Alyson Fitzgerald who doesn’t have a picture up sadly.
Below are our favourites from the rest of the list.
David Shaw is a 21 year old photographer, he was awarded first prize in the ‘lifestyle’ category of the Bar-Tur Award for photography talent.
Finally Johnny Elbrow from Surbiton. We like Johnny because his name is a cross between elbow and eyebrow. It just caught our eye.
There are women involved in carrying the torch too but they haven’t added any pictures in so we thought that would make them less exciting to write about.
So good luck to everyone carrying the torch wherever you may be carrying it, we will wish the sun out for you.