sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : London 2012 Olympics - Ben Ainslie starts torch relay
London 2012 Olympics - Ben Ainslie starts torch relay

'Showman: Ben Ainslie played with the crowd - London 2012 Olympic Games'    AP Associated Press

London 2012 Olympic Games - Triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie said waiting to start the torch relay at Land's End was 'one of the more nervous moments in my life'.

The U.K. Telegraph reported

'Ainslie, who said the torch leg was so special it ranked alongside winning one of his Olympic gold medal: said 'It was one of those moments where I was in a bit of shock really At least I didn't trip over'.

Land's End was crowded with thousands of flag waving spectators, flag-adorned dogs, small children with handmade torches and a buzz rarely seen at 6am.

London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton exclaimed elatedly when Ainslie lit the torch successfully: 'There you go, no problem'.

Ainslie, who has just won his sixth Finn world championships and will start favourite to win a fourth Olympic gold medal, said he was confident about his Olympic preparations.

'Medal race day August 5 is a big day for me,' Ainslie, 35, said.

'I have got to get back down to earth and concentrate on my preparations. I am quietly confident, it is still a long way to go, but I have to keep focused'

Ainslie was the first of 139 torchbearers on day one of the 70-day 8,000 mile journey of the torch relay.

He walked his 300m leg, waving to the crowd, lined 100-deep and allowing fans to touch the torch before passing the flame to local surfer Tassy Swallow.

'I didn't have anything scripted, I didn't know whether – would run, sprint, walk or crawl, everyone was so excited.
'But the torch was quite heavy. Initially when the gas canister (in the torch) was full up it was a bit hairy, it nearly singed my eyebrows. It was pumping out a big flame because there was a decent breeze. 'I didn't want to rush it, I wanted everyone to be part of it,' Ainslie said.

Original article from The Telegraph

Here is a blow by blow report which seems more like a Royal Wedding

'There is no doubt now: the Olympics have truly arrived in Britain. The arrival of the Olympic torch on British soil on Friday night and the start of the relay on Saturday has made the whole event seem that much more real. Maybe not so much for the athletes, who are mainly overseas or locked down in training camps, but for the spectators it’s the moment when they can really start to appreciate the enormity and significance of this crazy, chaotic, wonderful festival of sport hurtling towards us.

'Our decorated Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave believes this is the start of the real Olympic countdown.

Helicopter - London 2012 Olympic Games -    


'A helicopter is delivering the flame to Land's End. It will be handed over to London 2012 officials who will then light the torch and hand it to today's first torchbearer, three-time Olympic gold medallist and Telegraph Sport columnist Ben Ainslie.

'An update from our Olympics Editor Jacquelin Magnay who is at Land's End

'Paul Deighton says people are lined ten deep on the route into Lands End. 'This confirms the optimism I have always had. Response from localcommunities and the inspirational stories behind the torchbearer have been fantastic. The local pub had a 'torch-tastic' night last night'

'Ainslie seems intensely relaxed ahead of his big moment. A bit like a groom preparing to wed his third wife.

Lands End - London 2012 Olympic Games -    


Ainslie - London 2012 Olympic Games -    

'Ainslie, torchbearer 001, is posing for a few pictures before the lantern is used to light his torch.

'It's lit! Ainslie is just so damn good at everything, isn't he?

'Ainslie is off! Still a slow walk, with much waving, at the moment, but I trust he'll break into a jog shortly.

'Richard Full, who handed over the torch to Ainslie: I was shaking a bit. It was a real honour to hand it over.

'There's a fair amount of wind but that flame is still burning brightly. Organisers are confident it will stay alight in winds of 35mph and even gusts of up to 50mph. Tests have shown it to handle 50mm an hour of rain or snow and temperatures from -5C and up to 40C.

'Ainslie is playing up to the crowd, letting them all touch the torch. Showman. Oh, now he's broken into a jog in what is a more familliar torch relay pace.

'Ainslie has handed the flame over to the second torchbearer, Tassy Swallow, a local surf champion who yearns for the sport to be adopted by the IOC for future Games....'

And on it goes...

More from www.telegraph.co.uk


by UK Telegraph

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=97387

9:46 AM Sat 19 May 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

17 May 2012  Olympic Sailing Competition - Montreal 1976
14 May 2012  London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition – Four more nations qualify
12 May 2012  London 2012 Paralympic Games - Helena Lucas joins GBR sailing team
11 May 2012  Australia’s Olympic squad on fire
11 May 2012  Australia's Tom Slingsby takes fifth Laser world title
11 May 2012  49er World Championships - Defending champs extend their lead
11 May 2012  Slingsby wins fifth Laser World Championship
11 May 2012  Ben Ainslie to be first Torchbearer for the Olympic Torch Relay
10 May 2012  Olympic flame marks 78 days to go before superyachts head to London
10 May 2012  US Olympic Team Qualifier for Women’s Match Racing at WPNSA
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World







































International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




















International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,




Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible   
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters   
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek   
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton   
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3   
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1   
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals   
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature   
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.   
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video   
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT