gh wrote:TN1965 wrote:Flumpy wrote:I want legends at my opening ceremony not a bunch of kids titting around, whilst I get a fleeting glance of the people who should have been involved sitting in the crowd.
Complete wasted opportunity.
Yeah, Melbourne wasted opportunity in 1956 by allowing an unknown kid to light the cauldron. Glad we didn't have Internet back then with people bitching about that hapless kid.
For the record Ron Clarke was not unknown. Believe he had already set world junior record in the mile or some such.
I had the same thought as TN1965 when I read Flumpy's comment about "kids titting about" and kuha's reference to the "Seven Anonymous Dwarves". OK, so Ron Clarke was not an unknown, but then Desiree Henry is a World Youth Champion and every bit as promising as Jodie Williams, who has inpired a fair amount of interest around here.
I loved the idea of the 7 rising stars lighting the flame. I thought that was entirely in keeping with the Olympic spirit.