It’s hard to predict who the “chosen one” will be to light the Olympic torch today, but the Internet is abuzz with contenders.
Sir Roger Bannister is currently the favorite for the task. Bannister, 83, became the first man to break the four-minute mile in 1954. Former English decathlete Daley Thompson is also in the mix.
In the past, torch lighters have included members of royalty, global icons, and young, up-and-commers as well; Prince William (and potentially wife Kate Middleton) or 22-year-old basketball player Amber Charles, who played a key role in London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympics, could also light the flame.
We’ll throw in soccer stud David Beckham and Sean Connery as possibilities, too. (The Scottish Connery is technically English, and he was James Bond.)
“It gives life to the Games. It’s the fire which supposedly came from the Greek gods of the past. There have been a lot of famous, and not so famous people who have lit the flame,” BBC commentator Barry Davies told the International Business Times.
Whoever is chosen for the honor by the British Olympic Association, he/she will join the ranks of greats like Muhammad Ali and Wayne Gretzkey.
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