Olympic Torch reaches new heights

Amelia Hempleman-Adams on top of a capsule. Photo: PA Wire

The Olympic Torch has reached new heights in the hands of a schoolgirl from Bath.

17 year old Amelia Hempleman-Adams, who became the youngest person to ski to the South Pole, held the flame on top of a capsule at the top of the London Eye.

Amelia Hempleman-Adams holds the Olympic flame above London. Credit: PA Wire

The young explorer carried out her record-breaking expedition with her father, David Hempleman-Adams, last December.

She described holding the torch above the capital as a "once in a lifetime opportunity".

Amelia Hempleman-Adams on top of the London Eye. Credit: PA Wire

It was amazing to look out and see the whole of London... The height was quite scary but you know you're safe so it's not too bad. It was a once in a lifetime experience, especially as the Olympics are in London. It makes it more special.

– Amelia Hempleman-Adams