Winter Olympics gold medallist Amy Williams said carrying the Olympic torch was an "amazing feeling".
The former skeleton racer took the flame through Yeovil in Somerset at 8am on Tuesday and said it made her "very proud to be British".
The 29-year-old received huge cheers from the crowd as she walked past spectators, waving and smiling broadly.
Williams announced her retirement from skeleton earlier this month, bringing an end to her career which famously culminated in a Winter Olympic gold medal in Vancouver in 2010.
She was Great Britain's first individual female gold medallist at a Winter Games in 58 years. On Tuesday morning, the athlete, who bowed out of the sport due to injury, tweeted that she had a "torch bearers meeting" to teach her how to make her torch "kiss" the next one in order to light it.
After taking part in the relay, she added: "Amazing feeling, very proud to be British and to have had the opportunity to carry the Olympic torch."
Communities from Taunton, Glastonbury, Wiltshire, Bath and Bristol will see dozens of unsung and hard-working individuals get their moment in the spotlight.
The torchbearers range in age from children to 91-year-old Doris Whiting.
Mrs Whiting will be one of the oldest of the 8,000 torchbearers who will carry the Olympic flame on the way to the July 27 opening ceremony. The nonagenarian, from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, will carry the flame through Shepton Mallet.
Her nomination said she received an MBE in 2008 to recognise more than 30 years of community work, while Gavin Harvey, 31, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, will carry the torch in Frome, Somerset. He lost both legs in a bomb blast while serving with the Army in Afghanistan in August 2009.