Olympic Opening Ceremonies 2012: 5 Best Choices to Light the Cauldron in London

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Olympic Opening Ceremonies 2012: 5 Best Choices to Light the Cauldron in London
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Paul McCartney will perform at the opening ceremonies.

London and Great Britain will host the 2012 Olympic Games, giving them the honor of creating a spectacle for those in attendance and an estimated billion viewers on television. One of the best-kept secrets is who will have the honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron.

It is logical to expect this to be a former Olympian. However, Great Britain isn't exactly long on its list of superstars.

At a minimum we'll expect this to be an athlete from the U.K. 

The organizing committee could choose from one of their nautical greats or one of their few stars from track and field.

Then again, they could throw us all and have Sir Paul McCartney light the flame as part of his performance's pyrotechnic display.

Following are five athletes that would be deserving of the honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron.

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