The opening ceremonies are a day away, and soon enough viewers across the world will be intrigued by the sports events playing out before them in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The preparation, the determination, the speculation and the calculation all pay off once the torch is lit.
The London Games are now a reality.
While the world watches, we all will root for our home countries, our favorite athletes and hope there are a few gold medals brought home.
We will meet new heroes, find salvation in repeat performances and wish the best for those who fall short.
That, essentially, is what the Olympics is all about.
For the thousands in attendance and the millions watching worldwide, this is what we all have waited for.
These are the stories that will captivate us over the next two weeks.