The princesses have all been rescued or escorted or eloped or fled with their knight in shining armor because the only shining things that will be in the Tower of London are the Olympic medals.
Under heavily armed guards, discrete protection and an array of protocols, the 2012 London Olympics’ priced possessions have been safely locked away. They are having their beauty sleep because they will next see sunlight when they will be brought to the stadium to be awarded to the athletes; the first ones being the winners of the men’s and women’s 10m air pistol.
There are 4700 medals which will be presented at 805 ceremonies in the Olympics this year.
The medals were taking to the vault at the tower by Lord Coe, who is the chairman of the London 2012 and the chairman of the mining company Rio Tinto, Jan du Plessis. Lord Coe said that it is the ultimate dream of every athlete that has made it to the Olympics to go back with a medal. Their endless hours of training, hard work put in by the athletes themselves along with their whole team including coaches awaits to hold a medal.
“For an athlete, winning an Olympic or Paralympic medal represents the conclusion of thousands of hours of training and reaching the highest level in sport”.
Jan du Plessis was responsible for mining the metals to making the medals. There has been more than 8 tons of gold, silver and copper extracted to make the medals. They were extracted near Salt Lake City in Kennecott Utah copper mine. The medals were beautifully designed by David Watkins. The Paralympic medals were designed by Lin Cheung, who is a jewellery artist.
There was a ceremony held by Rio Tinto where the medals were handed over to be safeguarded till the games began. Along with the trumpeters of Her Royal Highness, there were about 150 who joined the prestigious ceremony from east London Schools.
As the medals mean as much as jewels to the athletes, they are kept in the same place, agree all the committee members.
It is assured and in no doubt that the medals now reside in a safe haven and will be presented in that brilliant moment of glory to those fortunate enough in the 2012 London Olympics, now merely 0ver 20 days away.