Let the Games begin! Team GB hockey star Crista Cullen is Boston’s hope at London 2012

Crista Cullen.
Crista Cullen.

CRISTA Cullen is carrying Boston’s only hope for glory at the Olympic Games on her shoulders.

As London 2012’s opening ceremony will show off Great Britain to the world today, the town will be represented by the women’s hockey star.

Boston-born Cullen, a defender with Leicester, was Team GB’s leading scorer at the Beijing Games four years ago - and she hopes to help her side win gold on home soil.

Cullen, 26, has helped England claim two bronze medals in the European Championships, plus a further third-place in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

But this year, her biggest achievement has seen the penalty corner specialist help England claim silver in the Champions Trophy, the International Hockey Federation’s most prestigious event.

On Sunday, Team GB’s Group A matches begin against Japan, followed by Tuesday’s clash with South Korea.

Also in the group will be Netherlands, Belgium and China.

Involved behind the scenes at London 2012 will be Dr Steve Peters.

He is once again acting as Team GB’s cycling psychiatrist.

He has been credited as the brains behind the successes achieved by the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton in previous years.

Dr Peters is a former Boston High School teacher and occasionally still represents Boston and District AC in veterans’ events.