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High flyer speaks of her magical moment


Aerialist Lindsey Butcher talks of the moment she flew into the Stadium on the night of the Opening Ceremony.


The amazing image of the heliosphere on the evening of the Opening Ceremony

The Baton, which had finished its epic journey around the world, was carried into the Stadium in one of the most breathtaking moments of the spectacular Opening Ceremony on 25 July.

Butcher elegantly flew into the Stadium suspended under a giant heliosphere to strains of haunting music before she descended to pass the Baton to English athlete Denise Lewis.

Butcher said of the impact of her ethereal display: I really didnt expect it to get the response it has. We thought it would be impressive, we perform it all over the world, but the response we got as the heliosphere came over the top of the stadium was extraordinary. It was a wonderful experience and I was completely blown away.

I was really nervous about not dropping the baton. All that was going through my mind was that I must not drop the baton, I must get it there on time.

On the opportunity to work at the Commonwealth Games she explained: I work for a company called Dream Engine, who the heliosphere belongs to. There is a team of aerialists and ground crew and we take turns. I was simply the lucky one. I consider myself very privileged to have had this opportunity. But I dont aspire to stardom, its not what Im interested in. I honestly believe that the smaller events are just as valuable as the larger ones.

And on the actual display itself: The roof launch was something we had never done before, the balloon normally comes up from the ground. So that was specifically put in place for the Commonwealth Games. In terms of what I actually did, there are a certain number of moves that you can do, and holding on to the baton restricted me slightly. We had a huge number of weather reports during the day on wind speed and direction and at one stage it was gusting too hard. There was so little room for error because if we had moved even a little bit in either direction we would have hit one of the masts. It was pretty nerve-wracking.

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