An uncountable amount of rowers – and non-rowers, who truly understand his incredible achievements – around the world were enormously pleased to see that it was Sir Steve who was chosen to carry the Flame into the Olympic Stadium at the Olympic opening yesterday evening. What a fantastic honour for him, but, also for the sport of rowing.
Of course, it was also very emotional for Sir Steve, he reveals in an article, but also a little disappointing (!). Read his blog post in the Daily Telegraph here.
It was touching that Sir Steve handed the Flame over to some young athletes in a gesture to inspire the next generation to carry on the Olympic idea. There is, however, another side to what it meant to not have an ‘old’ Olympic champion light the Olympic Flame, here.