2012 Torch Relay

The London 2012 Olympic Games torch relay began at Land's End on May 19th 2012, arriving at the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony on 27 July.

2012 London Olympic Games TorchThe torch relay crossed the country for 70 days, covering 8000 miles with an equal number of carriers. The starting point, Land's End, is the most south westerly point of the country. From there the torch traveled throughout the UK, including the islands of the Outer Hebrides north of Scotland, before arriving in London for the start of the Games.

The name of the final torchbearer was kept secret until revealed to the world at the opening ceremony. The favorite to complete the last leg was five-times gold medal-winning rower Sir Steve Redgrave. Redgrave did indeed carry the torch into the stadium, but passed it to seven aspiring young athletes who lit the flame together. Each of the seven were nominated by a veteran British Olympian, including Redgrave. The seven youngsters are commonly referred to as the "Secret Seven" as their identity and role was a closely guarded secret.

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