This is Lydia Holt. She is a remarkable young lady who was nominated and selected to be a local torchbearer, but I’ll tell you a little about her later. For now, just notice the expression on her face.
We were very fortunate to be able to watch a portion of the Olympic Torch Relay and, happily, crowd watching was almost as much fun as seeing the torch pass by. So before we get to the torch, how about a look at the pre-torch view?
Party! Child style.
Party! Adult style.
The far end of the road seemed to have a much denser crowd than on our end.
Then came the cheerleaders. Woo hoo! But what I really liked was the giant video screen on the side of the bus.
I wonder which companies are sponsoring the Olympics this year.
The buses and entertainment had passed and then there was calm. At one point I heard someone say the torch was on one of the buses and we missed it.
But crowd control was still doing their best to control the crowd, so we continued to wait and anticipate.
And, finally, here’s lovely Lydia carrying the Olympic torch. Dancing ballet since she was three, the now fourteen-year-old Lydia studies at a leading full-time ballet school. Already she has performed with the English National Ballet at the Royal Albert Hall and with St. Petersburg Ballet in Paris and toured with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Her grace and enthusiasm made the experience particularly enjoyable to watch.
Did you notice Lydia’s toes? Take a closer look…
She’s practically floating. And her face! I couldn’t help but smile.
It was all over far too quickly. But at least we will always have the memories of this historic event.
It feels real now; I can’t wait for the Games to start.