Being able to see the Olympic torch relay several times has been amazing. It makes me feel I am part of the Olympics. Yesterday I got to see the very final leg of bringing the Olympic flame to the Olympic stadium.
The Olympic flame traveled along the river Thames all the way to the Olympic stadium. I was lucky enough to view this right up close from Chiswick Bridge.
It was a beautiful seeing the Olympic flame on the river. The boat that carried the flame was the Royal Barge Gloriana that I mentioned in a previous post. It was also the boat that lead the jubilee river pageant.
As the Olympic flame was traveling towards us it was first held in the Olympic Couldron (I think that’s what it’s called) at the front of the boat.
And somewhere between this picture and the next the torch bearer took the flamer over from the Couldron to the torch.
The way we saw it from the bridge was like this: one moment we saw the big flame, the next moment it was gone…
…but then a moment later as the barge came closer we saw that the torch bearer held it.
And a final close-up of the Olympic torch. The flame has to compete with all the gold on the royal barge. you can hardly see it, but it’s there!
Then the barge passed under the bridge. We risked our lives crossing the street to see the Olympic flame make its way further along the river on this very last leg of its journey to the London Olympics 2012.
The torch relay was such a beautiful way to be part or at least feel part of the Olympics 2012. I got a little carried away at the end, but do I know if I ever get to do this again?
“A once in a lifetime event” is an often cited – and in my opinion overused – phrase. But I can truly say this felt like a special moment (or moments for that matter… LOL) – being there for a part of sporting history.
Here is my last photo of the Olympic flame floating down the river Thames on the Royal Barge Gloriana.
It was an amazing experience!