London Olympic Torch
June 11, 2011 by SportPost
London Olympic Torch, An athlete is 94 years old, from Carnoustie could pound the streets again after being nominated to carry the Olympic torch in the run up to the games next year in London. Andy Coogan Corridor has been submitted for the honor by Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy as one of the 8,000 British citizens who carry the torch that travels the country before the Games next July.
Mr. Coogan, who continues to participate in athletics Tayside, was suggested to the organizers for the rider of gold, four-time winner of the medal as a tribute to its history as a runner and coach. However, when he spoke to The Post, Mr. Coogan, a middle distance runner, played down his chances of being awarded the honor. He said: “I met Chris a few weeks ago in Edinburgh and I had people I interview below. I have not heard anything official yet and until I do I will not believe. “I am not one who walks trying to get my name in the paper, but could lead to a short 100 meters -.” A veteran of World War II prisoner of war by the Japanese, Mr. Coogan never able to fulfill her own Olympic dream. However, his career was highlighted in Scotland and his love for athletics is still evident today.
Mr. Coogan said, “Chris Hoy came to see me running around like a kid, so I’ve known him since then.
“I’ve seen it all and I have done all the champions in athletics, boxing and other sports. I ran at Hampden Park and Ibrox Stadium in front of 90,000 people and have even beaten world champions.”
Mr. Coogan presented a suggestion of his own for a local athlete to carry the torch – 60 years old, Ronald McIntosh, a double amputee who still competes.
Mr Coogan said: “It’s a wonderful person and it would be if allowed to carry the torch. I have great admiration for him.”
Sir Chris has also appointed former national cycling coach Geoff Cooke to be a torch runner.
Mr. Cooke described as an “unsung hero” of British cycling, helping both himself and many others put in place for success.
Sir Chris said: “You’ll never find someone more enthusiastic and passionate about their sport – always smiling and always ready to encourage people to enjoy cycling.
“He helped out in many of my training sessions in previous years and is one of the unsung heroes of British cycling in the last 50 years. I can not think of anyone better to carry the torch.”
Mr. Cooke, a former competitor, was “overwhelmed” to be appointed.
He has “lived and breathed track cycling lifetime,” said Sir Chris.
Mr Cooke said: “The idea of?? being part of the London 2012 Olympic torch relay is so exciting and I am very honored to be nominated to participate.”
The 8,000 kilometer relay will cover 70 days duration Britain.Sir Chris is urging people to nominate someone for a slot
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