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Barely Winded

Doctor Olympics: Methodist heart expert carries — and kisses — the torch for the London Games

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Dr. William Zoghbi, Olympic torch, July 2012
Dr. William Zoghbi was selected to carry the torch as a representative of the American College of Cardiology.  Courtesy Photo
Dr. William Zoghbi, Olympic torch, July 2012
Zoghbi, right, received the flame from Simon Cruden of England. Courtesy Photo
Dr. William Zoghbi, Olympic torch, July 2012
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Dr. William Zoghbi, Olympic torch, July 2012, Simon Cruder, Carly Castle, and William Zoghbi
Simon Cruder, from left, Carly Castle and Dr. William Zoghbi Courtesy Photo
Dr. William Zoghbi, Olympic torch, July 2012
Dr. William Zoghbi, Olympic torch, July 2012
Dr. William Zoghbi, Olympic torch, July 2012
Dr. William Zoghbi, Olympic torch, July 2012, Simon Cruder, Carly Castle, and William Zoghbi
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Dr. William Zoghbi is the William L. Winters Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Imaging at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center, the director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Institute at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Weill Cornell Medical College professor of medicine and the standing president of the American College of Cardiology

And as of Monday, he has another badge to add to his impressive resume: Torchbearer for the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

 Zoghbi appeared barely winded, the picture of health, as he passed the flame off to the next bearer, 18-year-old Tom Rollosan.  

Zoghbi was invited by Coca-Cola, a London 2012 sponsor, to carry the torch as a representative of the American College of Cardiology. He'll be just one of 8,000 people to carry the flame across the United Kingdom in the 70-day, 8,000-mile Olympic Torch Relay leading up to the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games on July 27. 

Just after 3 p.m. in England, the 56-year-old Zoghbi high-fived the previous torchbearer, Simon Cruden, a blind brain tumor survivor. Then the Houston representative kissed the gold torch before starting out at a smooth clip through the historical town of Bicester.

He kept up his pace for the 300 meter (approximately .186 mile) run, alternately waving to the crowd and triumphantly thumping his chest, followed by a caravan of vehicles and accompanied by a cluster of Olympic flame attendants. 

And then, his leg was over as quickly as it started. Zoghbi appeared barely winded, the picture of health, as he passed the flame off to the next bearer, 18-year-old Tom Rollason.

"Every four years, Olympic athletes inspire us with their physical abilities and their dedication to health, sport and country," Zoghbi said in a statement. "I am thrilled to carry the Olympic Torch in the name of health — body and mind."

The flame will arrive at the Olympic Park on July 27. Keep up with its progress here

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