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The London Olympics 2012

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Will and Guy present their humour for the 2012 Olympics to be held in London, England.

 
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Olympics Logo 2012

There are four official base colours, and another version of the logo for the 2012 Summer Paralympics.  The Paralympics logo [mixed colours  left] and the four different official colour combinations.

London Olympics 2012 Logo

Venues for The London Olympics 2012

London will host the Olympic Games for the third time after previous games in 1908 and 1948. This makes London the first city to host the modern Olympics for a third time.  The games are expected to be close to downtown London around 20 min from 80% of the sporting events.

26 sports with a total of 39 disciplines feature in the 2012 London Games.  The Olympic Village will be based in Stratford, including the newly built Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Hockey Centre, Velodrome and a BMX track.  See more on the London Olympics locations.

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Stamps for the London 2012 Olympics

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GB Gold Medal Winners' Stamps

London Olympic 2012 Funny Pictures and Cartoons

London Olympics 2012 Public opinion

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XXX Olympiad London 2012

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, are scheduled to take place in London, United Kingdom, from 27th July to 12th August 2012.

The Olympic MottoLondon Olympics 2012 Flag

In 1921, Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games, borrowed a Latin phrase from his friend, Father Henri Didon, for the Olympic motto: "Citius, Altius, Fortius" which translates as: Swifter, Higher, Stronger.

The Olympiad Calendar

The ancient Olympic Games as with the modern Olympic Games are quadrennial events, meaning they are celebrated every four years.  This four year time-span is known as an Olympiad.  Unfortunately, this calendar was not used by every Greek city-state; indeed, there was no common dating system in the ancient era because the Babylonians, Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans used different calendars.  However, as  they were conquered by the Romans, so they imposed the Julian calendar, named after Julius Caesar; thus giving the world a common time base.

London 2012 Olympic MedalsLondon Olympics 2012 Flag

  • 85mm in diameter and 7mm thick medals, the medals weigh in at 375-400g
  • Created by metalwork designer David Watkins who has exhibited at the V&A Museum, London
  • Some 2,100 medals will be presented during 302 victory ceremonies in more than 30 venues
  • Sport and discipline of medal winners engraved on the rim of every medal
  • Front depicts Greek goddess of victory, Nike, stepping from Parthenon
  • Reverse features 2012 emblem as "architectural expression, a metaphor for the modern city" on a dished background evocative of an amphitheatre
  • A grid represents both "pulling together" and athletes radiating energy, while the River Thames symbolises London.  See more about the London Olympics.

London Olympic SculptureWillard Wiggins 2012

Sculptor Willard Wigan has created a model of diver Tom Daley on the end of an eyelash.

Willard spent months painstakingly carving the extraordinary model out of specks of gold so small even the pulse in his finger could crush it.

For the sculpture, his smallest to date, he even painted Tom using a hair from the leg of a fruit fly.

The Poet Laureate Writes a Poem for the London 2012 Olympic Games

Translating the British, 2012, by Carol Ann Duffy

A summer of rain, then a gap in the clouds
and The Queen jumped from the sky
to the cheering crowds.
We speak Shakespeare here,
a hundred tongues, one-voiced; the moon bronze or silver,
sun gold, from Cardiff to Edinburgh
by way of London Town,
on the Giant's Causeway;
we say we want to be who we truly are,
now, we roar it. Welcome to us.
We've had our pockets picked,
the soft, white hands of bankers,
bold as brass, filching our gold, our silver;
we want it back.
We are Mo Farah lifting the 10,000 metres gold.
We want new running-tracks in his name.
For Jessica Ennis, the same; for the Brownlee brothers,
Rutherford, Ohuruogu, Whitlock, Tweddle,
for every medal earned,
we want school playing fields returned.
Enough of the soundbite abstract nouns,
austerity, policy, legacy, of tightening metaphorical belts;
we got on our real bikes,
for we are Bradley Wiggins,
side-burned, Mod, god;
we are Sir Chris Hoy,
Laura Trott, Victoria Pendleton, Kenny, Hindes,
Clancy, Burke, Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas,
Olympian names.
We want more cycle lanes.
Or we saddled our steed,
or we paddled our own canoe,
or we rowed in an eight or a four or a two;
our names, Glover and Stanning; Baillie and Stott;
Adlington, Ainslie, Wilson, Murray,
Valegro (Dujardin's horse).
We saw what we did. We are Nicola Adams and Jade Jones,
bring on the fighting kids.
We sense new weather.

We are on our marks. We are all in this together.

 

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