SHEFFIELD office administrator Samantha Whistler really put her foot in it when she met Olympic heroes Sebastian Coe and Colin Jackson at a VIP London celebration - but no one seemed to mind.
The 25-year-old was invited to have casts made of her feet alongside Colin, Lord Coe and Olympics minister Hugh Robertson to represent the first steps of a Games spectator on the way to London 2012.
Samantha, who lives on Scotland Street close to the city centre, was invited to the London 2012 Olympics’ one-year-to-go celebrations after winning a competition organised by Eurostar.
She saw first hand how the 2012 venues were progressing before enjoying dinner overlooking the Olympic Stadium.
Samantha said when she was asked to take her shoes off it came as a complete surprise.
“It was a really good day. I was glad that I had painted my nails definitely but I didn’t have a chance for a pedicure!
“It was great to be in London for the one-year-to-go celebrations and just to experience all that was fantastic.
“I am not sure why I was picked out to have my feet cast but it was a good experience to be around and to meet Colin Jackson and Lord Coe.”
After being whisked around the city and the Olympic site Miss Whistler and her guest, boyfriend Gary Bywater, enjoyed an after-dinner speech from Colin Jackson, featuring his Games memories.
And Gary, a first year PHD student at Sheffield University, was quick to agree with Samantha.
“The day was really great and it was really nice to see and get to speak to Colin Jackson,” he said.
Competition organiser Eurostar is opening the way to London 2012. As the Official International Rail Services Provider to London 2012, Eurostar will bring hundreds of thousands of sports fans from the continent to London to soak up the atmosphere. Find out more at www.eurostar.com/london2012.