We are just 70 days away from the start of the 2012 London Olympic Games and that means that the festivities for the Summer Games are officially underway. Earlier today, the Olympic Flame was flown from Athens, Greece to England where it will begin its 70 trek to the Olympic Stadium to mark the start of the games. British athlete David Beckham was on hand to accept the Olympic Flame upon its arrival so that he could pose for some photos with the golden torch. Check it out below.
The Olympic flame has touched down on UK soil this evening ready for its 70-day journey through Britain. Arriving on board a special golden liveried British Airways flight from Athens, the Airbus plane ‘Firefly’ Flight 2012 touched down at RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall at 7.25pm. It was carried down the steps of the plane by Princess Anne, who was followed by Games chairman Seb Coe, London mayor Boris Johnson and former England captain David Beckham … The distinctive gold London 2012 torch was then lit from the lantern and was passed to Beckham. He then climbed on to a stage and used the torch to light a cauldron at the air-sea rescue base, where it will burn overnight … Lord Coe said: ‘The arrival of the Olympic Flame on home soil is a magical moment for any host country. ‘It will connect millions of people around the UK to the Games in a unique way and allows us to celebrate the best of the UK and its people.’ Mr Clegg said the Torch relay would allow Britain to showcase itself to the world. He said: ‘Today, the Olympic Flame begins its journey across the nation. Eight thousand people will pass it from hand-to-hand, a human chain that reaches the length and breadth of Britain. It will visit a thousand towns, and be seen by millions; with every step, the excitement will build. And 10 weeks from now, the world will watch as the flame arrives at the new Olympic Stadium, bringing with it the hopes of a nation. This Games is for everyone. Between now and the Opening Ceremony, we have a chance to showcase our sporting heritage, our people and our culture, the things that made us such a great choice for the 2012 Olympic Games.’
And so … the first part of the London Games is officially underway. Over the next 70 days, as the torch makes its way all around Britain, the excitement and anticipation will build leading up to the Summer Olympic Games. Invariably, I get sucked into the Olympic Games so I fully expect to be sucked in again. Even as a child, I would LOVE rooting for the US athletes competing in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. The last Olympic Games made me go gaga over Michael Phelps quest for gold medals. It remains to be seen if I will be as excited this time around but this first glimpse of the Olympic Torch is starting to stir those feelings. Are you excited for this year’s Summer Games in London?