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Published 31 July 2012
Judoka Lasha Shavdatuashvili won the first gold medal for Georgia at this year's Olympic Games with a victory on July 29 in the 66-kilogram weight category. In his hometown of Karaleti, the Olympian's family and neighbors gathered to celebrate and remember. RFE/RL's Georgian Service spoke to Shavdatuashvili’s parents, who described their son’s relatively quick transition from frail boy to Olympic medalist.
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