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Top five Olympic torch bearer nominations

The London 2012 organisers are begging us to get out nominations for Olympic torch bearers in before the June 29 deadline, so we thought it was our duty to get involved.

Here are five people we would like to see taking part in the relay:

1. Fred Talbot
The ex-This Morning weatherman always made whistle-stop tours of the British Isles taking in all the key sites look pretty damn easy. We say just give him the torch, a daytime TV slot and let him do what he does best.

2. Heather Mills
Well accustomed to taking a chunk of gold from a national icon and doing one. Arguably the perfect torch bearer candidate.

3. Alex James
The Blur bassist is probably Britain’s best-known celebrity cheesemaker. Who better then to take the golden cheese grater around the country? If James is unavailable we will have to settle for Mr Strings, of Cheestrings fame. read more »

Who got Olympics tickets and who didn’t: the celebrities

Our rundown of some of the personalities who have gone public with their London 2012 ticket fate.

On track

“Whoops. £3K has been taken out of my account for Olympics tickets. Bloody hell. Thought they were meant to be hard to get. That backfired.”
Radio Five Live presenter Richard Bacon

“Mum had the money taken from the bank for the Olympic tickets! But only 1/4 of what she wanted! I hope my family get tickets to watch me!!!!”
Diving medal hopeful Tom Daley

Fell at the first hurdle

“I am personally disappointed not to have got any tickets but I shall try again. Clearly it’s been a massively popular thing and there’s no surprise the event has attracted so much demand for tickets but I’m massively disappointed and cheesed off.”
Mayor of London Boris Johnson

“Sorry kids, going to have to watch dad on the telly.”
Cycling gold medalist Bradley Wiggins

“Same here, nada”
Olympic cycling legend Chris Boardman

Have you spotted a celeb we’ve missed talking about their tickets (or lack of)? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Top five best Olympics mascots


1. Misha (Moscow 1980)
The ultimate mascot in every sense. Despite only being a bear cub, he proved to have very good business acumen and became the first Olympics mascot to achieve commercial success in his own right. Add the fact that he’s a cute, cuddly bear and you have pretty much got the perfect mascot. read more »

Top five Olympic Games moustaches


1. Mark Spitz
This undoubted daddy of Olympian facial hair. Spitz’s iconic ‘tache is recognisable around the world, and even starred on the front cover of Time magazine.


2. Daley Thompson
A truly great effort from Daley. Another of the Olympics’ most enduring moustaches. What price his namesake Tom Daley being able to grow a handlebar in time for London 2012?


3. Michael Phelps
Phelps evoked the Spirit of Spitz when he arrived in Beijing sporting this tremendous handlebar moustache. Alas, he shaved it off before the competition started in earnest, but we’re sneaking him into this list regardless.


4. Steve Prefontaine
Pre’s status as the James Dean of track and field, having died in a car crash at the age of 24, has made him some what of a legend. But his facial hair was legendary in its own right. It is pictured above looking rather splendid at Munich 1972.


5. David Wilkie
The Scottish swimmer – a gold medal winner in Montreal in 1976 – pioneered the swimming cap and goggles to make him more streamlined in the water. But he didn’t mind a bit of lag from his top lip. And he didn’t mind hideous trunks either.

If you’ve got a favourite Olympic moustache that we didn’t mention, let us know and we might revisit the subject at some point.