“It was a great honor for us to stand in the center stage to accept the bouquets presented by the International Olympic Committee. It will become my most cherished memory,” Li Jie said excitedly of a newly added flower-presentation formality at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. “As I understand it, this award is meant for all the volunteers, and I am just one of their representatives. We will do better for the upcoming Paralympic Games.”
It was the first time in Olympics history for IOC members to present floral bouquets to representatives of volunteers for their meritorious service for the Olympic Games. Li Jie happened to be one of the 12 representatives to be honored amidst warm applause from the audience during the Beijing Olympics’ closing ceremony at the Bird’s Nest National Stadium.
Li Jie, a senior student of Engineering Physics at Tsinghua University, has been an active volunteer since his freshman days. Serving as a mass transit volunteer at the National Swimming Center during the Olympics, he has stood the test of all the hardships of his task. “I will do much better when I start working for the Paralympics,” he said.