As the start of the 2012 Olympics draws near, a local doctor will be among those carrying the torch to London, the host city.
William Zoghbi, M.D., a cardiologist and director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Institute at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center, will be among 8,000 torch bearers who run relay-style across the United Kingdom, as each runner transfers the flame to another’s torch until the flame reaches its final destination in London’s Olympic Stadium.
The entire journey lasts 70 days, and ends on July 27 when the last torchbearer lights the cauldron at the opening ceremony to signal the official start of the games.
On July 9, Zoghbi will carry the torch for a 300-meter stretch through Bicester, a quaint village about an hour’s drive from London.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Zoghbi who was chosen to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay in recognition of his role as president of the American College of Cardiology.