Woman With Down Syndrome Carries Olympic Torch to London

International   Steven Ertelt   Jun 25, 2012   |   5:08PM    London, England

Now this is something inspirational that can get the world motivated for the upcoming Olympic games in London.

Recently, one of the torchbearers for the 2012 Olympics was Amy Hopkin, who has Down Syndrome. As the folks at Pro-Life UK noted, “Amy clearly has a great zest for life and strives hard, as her own sporting record shows.  Yet original medical prognosis was all doom and gloom.  It is great that Amy has been so well supported by her family so that she and they have been able to show what is achievable.”

“A crowd of thousands watched as the Olympic cauldron was lit in West Park,” a report said of her carrying the torch. “Torchbearer Amy Hopkin, 31, had the world’s biggest smile on her face as she entered the park carrying the flame.

“She walked down a specially made corridor lined with families waving flags and cheering her on. The biggest cheer came when she got to the stage and placed the torch on the cauldron to light it. She said it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to carry the torch and it was the “coolest” thing she has ever done,” the story added.

According to the official Olympics web site, Hopkin is a solid athlete and gymnastics performer in her own right.

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“Amy is 30 with Down Syndrome, she is the retired British champion on bars. Her parents were told she wouldn’t walk or talk properly. Amy has so many medals her Dad had to make special hooks for them,” the unnamed nominee said. “She’s a credit and inspiration to her family and all the people who know and admire the determined way she decided she was going to do gymnastic and whatever anyone else said. She loves competition and the social aspect of her sport, and would love to carry the very special symbol — thereby showing that, no matter what anyone else thinks,  the spirit of the Olympics for an about everyone — just like Amy.”