Race to light the flame

With less then two days to go until the Olympic Games 2012 opening ceremony, the focus is already on which British athlete will get the honour of lighting the Olympic Cauldron. The Olympic torch has toured the country for over two months with the final bearer yet to be revealed. Here’s a quick overview of the top candidates.

Sir Steve Redgrave – The most successful British Olympian has been made the favourite. The 5 times gold medalist is the obvious choice, but has downplayed having a role to play in the ceremony, saying he has yet to be contacted.

Dame Kelly Holmes – She was the stand out female British athlete at the 2004 Athens games, and the iconic image of her crossing the line to win gold in the 800m was followed by gold in the 1500.

David Beckham – He would be a sponsors dream to light the flame, but failure to make the team GB squad, means Becks is hoping on his celebrity status to earn him the honour. He has confirmed his involvement in the opening ceremony and previously lit the flame at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002.

Bradley Wiggins – He shot to fame winning the Tour de France last weekend, Brad is a good outside bet to light the flame, but the fact that he competes in the road race on saturday means he may not even attend the ceremony

Daley Thompson – Another strong contender. Double gold medalist in the decathlon, Thompson would be another popular choice, but having started a recent verbal attack on Redgrave’s achievements, he may have talked his way out of it.

Whoever Danny Boyle and the Olympic committee choose, the opening ceremony is set to open the games with a bang and willl no doubt break TV audience records.