The naked horse riding woman returns from the dead to take her place at London 2012
4/27/2012 7:30:18 PM -
The woman who rode naked in the 11th Century through the streets of Coventry, UK, is set to reappear at the opening ceremony in London at the summer Olympics in 2012.
Lady Godiva , this time will not be naked and will not be riding on a horse.
Cast in a 30 feet long imposing statue and perfectly clothed, Godiva will be wheeled and biked from Coventry to London by 30 bike riders in an enthralling reenactment of godgifu's legendary naked ride on horseback.
Far from protesting heavy taxes imposed by her own husband-Leofric- Godiva returns from the dead to the Olympic Stadium with a clarion call and a rallying cry for all in UK and the rest of the world to get involved in the most quintessential sporting activity-the Olympic games.
Andrew Mitchell, Director of Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the London 2012 told a delegation of international journalists, 'Godiva Awakes' is part of many projects to get the whole of the United Kingdom involved in the London Olympics.
Even more importantly, the addition of Godiva Awakes in the opening ceremony, Mitchell noted will bring to bear the rich historical and cultural repertoire of a city whose heritage is revered and a country whose antiques, legacy remains undoubted.
Even though the cities of London and Coventry are no strangers to high flying buildings, a 30 feet mobile Godiva could create problems in areas where there are bridges.
But Mitchell said, manufacturers of Godiva Awakes have devised means of bending the huge imposing frame to be able to navigate her way through the cities into the Olympic Stadium.
James Bulley, Director of Venues and Infrastructure of the LOCOG who in a bus tour conducted the international journalists around the Olympic Stadium said except for some cabling and landscaping, London is ready to deliver a magical experience.
Already three new world records have been set in the last cycling World Cup held in the magnificent Olympic Velodrome. The World Cups were used as test events to measure the readiness of the Velodrome.
Director of the London 2012 with specific oversight on the Olympic Velodrome, Andrew Weir said the World records are enough testimony of the favourable atmosphere for cycling.
Weir, also a Director of Expedition Engineering, designers of the Velodrome said the new electric cycling venue would serve as a harbor for cycling after the Olympic games.