The flame igniting the London 2012 Olympic Games was carried today through Bicester, England, by William Zoghbi, M.D., Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center cardiologist and Weill Cornell Medical College professor of medicine. He was the only Houston resident invited to participate.
Zoghbi, who is president of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and represents that group, was invited to participate by the Coca-Cola Company, a London 2012 sponsor.
"It is an honor to be part of this event, which brings people together from around the world in the spirit of competition," Zoghbi said. "Every four years, Olympic athletes inspire us with their physical abilities and their dedication to health, sport, and country. I am thrilled to carry the Olympic Torch in the name of health -- body and mind."
Among the other 21 Americans chosen as torch bearers are Olympic ice skating champion Michelle Kwan and American Academy of Pediatrics President Robert Block, M.D.
The relay, which takes place over 70 days, began May 19. 8,000 torch bearers will run through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages in the United Kingdom, leading up the Olympic Opening Ceremony on July 27, 2012. Bicester is pronounced BIH-stir.
To speak with Zoghbi, please contact David Bricker, The Methodist Hospital, at 832-667-5811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.