LONDON, U.K. -- The opening ceremony came with all the images and sounds of a massive celebration.
In the middle of those thousands of athletes, were dozens from the Carolinas. NewsChannel 36 anchor, Dave Wagner, is the only local TV anchor in London throughout the games.
Dave was there with local athletes for the official kickoff.
“The Olympics is one of the truly and completely good things in the world," said Davis Tarwater, a SwimMAC Olympian.
“There are no winners and losers really. There's no good versus evil. It's just good. It stands for something good. It brings people together," he continued.
In a time of war and terrorism, the world has converged on London, and Carolina athletes are paying homage to the tradition and spirit of the Olympics.
“I really just want to drink everything in and just feel, you know, be surrounded by greatness,” said Nick Thoman, also a SwimMac Olympian.
“It's just a great environment of sport. No matter what's going on in the world, it's all peace and calm until its race time," said SwimMAC Olympian Cullen Jones.
“I get the satisfying experience of seeing, real human beings, the human race at its best. I can't think of any other experience of what I get to duplicate when I'm at the Olympic Games," said SwimMAC Olympic Coach David Marsh.
"Countries that are at war, they compete in the spirit of sportsmanship," said Davis Tarwater.
“To be a part of something that's just completely good and altruistic is such and honor and that's what the Olympics are about," said Tarwater.