The Greek swimmer Spyros Gianniotis will be the first to carry the torch for the 2012 London Olympics. Gianniotis is the first of 500 torchbearers who will handle the flame during the torch’s 8-day journey.
Gianniotis, who won open water swimming gold at last year’s World Championship in Shanghai, will be the first of 500 torchbearers who will take the flame on its eight-day 3,000km journey from the Temple of Hera in Olympia to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896.
It will then be handed over to a London 2012 representative, who will board a specially chartered gold plane to Cornwall, from where the torch will commence a 70-day 8,000 person relay around the UK.
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge and senior organising committee officials, including chairman Seb Coe and chief executive Paul Deighton, will be present when the flame is kindled from the rays of the sun in ancient Olympia.
The Greek leg of the relay is organised by the Hellenic Olympic Committee, who claimed the economic crisis in the country would not prevent the celebrations.
However, Spiros Kapralos admitted that without the sponsorship of local authorities and private individuals… continue reading
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