Brunel PhD student Nick Tiller (left) and graduate Ainsley Bell (right) holding the Beijing Olympic Torch at Brunel University Court in May 2012. Nick and Ainsley were chosen as Olympic Torchbearers because of their achievements and charity work. Brunel University Court 2012 by Brunel University, via Flickr
Olympics flame burns brightly - A look back at the Olympics flame ahead of Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony - The Olympic Flame at the National Stadium on Day 7 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 15, 2008 in Beijing, China.
The red curved torch was inspired by the shape of a traditional Chinese scroll. It was inscribed with swirling graphics designed to evoke the phoenix, a key totem of the games, and ‘clouds of promise’. The torch relay commenced on the 24th of March 2008 in Olympia, Greece and lasted 130 days. Spanning 137,000km it was the longest torch relay in history!
Seventeen-time Grand Slam winner and 7-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer carries the Swiss flag at the Beijing Olympics. Switzerland has asked him to carry the flag again, but he's considering passing it on to a lesser-known athlete.