Torch slinger 

Robert Block

“This all came about by being president of the academy,” he said. “Hopefully this will become a tradition of the president traveling to the Olympics each year.”

Before Block could make his trip, however, he had to train.

“I started out doing a rapid run,” he said.

“Now I can jog about half a mile.”

Block’s run in England was about 440 yards.

With 8,000 torchbearers, the Olympics have highly organized the opening ceremony.

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