London Glory
02 August, 2012

‘London Glory’ - that was the main headline by the ‘London Evening Standard’ the day of the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympic Games held in the capital city of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Standard wrote the evening of the opening ceremony on Friday, July the 27th that hundreds of thousands of people lined the Thames to cheer the Olympic torch on its final voyage and to celebrate London’s day of destiny. The Queen’s

row-barge Gloriana made its glorious journey towards the London 2012 stadium. Gloriana took the flame on the last leg of its 70-day round-Britain journey, covering 8,000 miles by 8,000 torch-bearers and drawing crowds of 14 million. 

Bells tolled across the nation, continued the Paper, the royal row-barge, bearing a flaming cauldron and the Olympic flag, was trailed by a flotilla and proved the focal point of the nation’s attention. Big Ben broke with tradition by joining in the three-minute celebration. Speaking at the United State’s training base, First Lady Michelle Obama said she was beyond proud to be representing her team at the opening ceremony. Some hundred heads of state attended the ceremony opened by the Queen. The day of opening ceremony culminated the seven-year project costing 9 billion pounds to build world-class sports venues and transform one of London’s poorest neighborhoods. As the special issue of the Evening Standard had noted, it is the thirtieth ‘edition’ of the modern Olympics, the third time London has hosted the Games and the largest sports event staged in Britain since the 1966 World Cup.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, writing in the Standard, said that a contagion of joy was quickly spreading. He vowed that the opening ceremony to be watched by a global television audience of four billion would make viewers weep hot tears of patriotic pride. This is exactly what happened to the Georgian TV audience at hearing and seeing the news of their compatriot Judoist win the gold medal.

The emotion was overwhelming, tears were commonplace, and celebrations were ubiquitous. And this happened just as a result of winning only one medal. Imagine what will be happening if the medals continue opening Georgia’s doors a little bit more lavishly. God will help us, but our own resources and efforts should probably mean something too. There are no unimportant details in the Olympics – everything matters, every single step counts, all the roles are meaningful, all the movements are significant, so let us beware of all that. Well, good luck means much as well in any competition, but I am more of a believer in personal efforts and abilities.