A teenager from Lincolnshire was one of seven torchbearers who lit the Olympic cauldron at last night's opening ceremony in London.
Jordan Duckitt, 18, from Caistor, was nominated for the honour by gold medal-winning swimmer Duncan Goodhew.
The seven youngsters took it in turns to carry the flame to the cauldron on the last leg of the relay where they were each greeted by their nominator.
Then, each lit a copper petal which rose spectacularly to create one giant flame.
Jordan, former head boy at Caistor Grammar School, was chairman of the London 2012 Young Ambassador Steering Group for two years - an initiative delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.
He said the experience was "absolutely un-real".
"Knowing the eyes of a billion people from around the world were watching did get my nerves going a bit, but I was just so excited to be part of the experience.
"To have worked so hard over the last six years, trying to inspire young people to get involved with sport through the Olympic and Paralympics Games and then be part of the event that kicks everything off is just unbelievable.
"I'm so proud to represent the movement and to be among hundreds of other Young Ambassadors that are delivering the Olympic legacy and using the power of the Olympic and Paralympics Games to inspire a generation to take up sport.
"This day will go down in history."
The other teenagers were Cameron MacRitchie, 19, nominated by Sir Steve Redgrave; Adelle Tracey, 19, nominated by Dame Kelly Holmes; Katie Kirk, 18, nominated by Dame Mary Peters; Aidan Reynolds, 18, nominated by Lynn Davies; Desiree Henry, 16, nominated by Daley Thompson and Callum Airlie, 17, who was nominated by Shirley Robertson.