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London Olympics 2012 Locations

London Olympics 2012 Locations

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.

 

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London Olympic 2012 Locations

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London 2012 Venues London Olympics 2012 Venues

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.

London Olympics 2012 Venues

Webcams of the London Olympic Locations

Here is where you can see webcams of the London Olympic locations.

London Olympics 2012 Sports

ArcelorMittal OrbitLondon Olympics 2012 ArcelorMittal structure

Britain's tallest sculpture - the ArcelorMittal Orbit by Anish Kapoor - is the centrepiece of London's Olympic Park.

At 115 metres high, it will be 22 metres higher than New York's Statue of Liberty

The breathtaking sculpture, the tallest in the UK, will consist of a continuous looping lattice of tubular steel. Standing at a gigantic 115m, it will be 22m taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York and offer unparalleled views of the entire 250 acres of the Olympic Park and London's skyline from special viewing platforms. The basic structure is a square rotated in space at 45 degrees.

The Orbit's design was unveiled on 31st March 2010 by Mayor Boris Johnson and Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal.

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Olympic 2012 Locations Outside London

London Olympics 2012 Venues outside London

XXX Olympiad London 2012 Logo London Olympics 2012 Logo

To the right is the clear version of the official logo. There are four official base colours, and another version of the logo for the 2012 Summer Paralympics. 

The Paralympics logo [mixed colours  left] incorporating the four different official colour combinations, is underneath.

London Olympics 2012 Logo

Olympic PicturesLondon Olympics 2012 Cartoons

There may never be another photo like this one!

A full moon made for a beautiful sixth Olympic ring on Friday night, when a Reuters photographer snapped a breathtaking  picture of the moon positioned between a large set of Olympic rings hanging from the top of London's Tower Bridge.

Photographer Luke MacGregor also snapped photos with the moon positioned between one of the rings and hovering above and below the famed London span.

London Olympics 2012 Bridge over the moon

The pictures provided an opportunity to crack a few jokes about the IOC and its stringent policies that prohibit illicit use of the rings.. In this case, the moon should be expecting a cease and desist letter from the IOC for infringing upon its trademark.

Neil Armstrong will also be named in the suit.

Will and Guy's Selection of Ten Olympic Trivia and Interesting Facts London Olympics 2012 Cartoons

  1. When London hosts the Olympic Games in 2012, they will become the first country to host the Games three times: 1908, 1948 and 2012.
  2. Did you know that all athletes competed in the nude at the ancient Olympics?
  3. In the ancient Olympics, the philosopher Plato [427-347 BC] was a double winner of the Pankration. [Combat sport, a mix of wrestling and boxing]
  4. The only Olympian ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was Philip Noel-Baker of Great Britain, who won the silver in the 1500 metres in 1920.
  5. The first black athlete to compete at the Olympics was Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera, competing for France in 1900.
  6. At the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, silver medals were awarded to the winners and bronze to the second place getters.
  7. No women competed in 1896, as de Coubertin felt that their inclusion would be "impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic, and incorrect." More athletes than spectators attended the 1900 Paris Olympic Games.
  8. Pigeon shooting was one of the sports on the program in Paris in 1900. Fortunately this shooting event was short lived. It was the only time animals were killed on purpose during an Olympic event.
  9. The only female competitor not to have to submit to a sex test at the 1976 Summer Olympics was Princess Anne of the UK, who was competing as a member of the UK equestrian team. As the daughter Queen Elizabeth II, such a test was seen as inappropriate.
  10. In Beijing 2008, equestrian rider Hiroshi Hoketsu became the oldest Japanese Olympic representative at age 67. Hoketsu also took part in the 1964 Tokyo Games at the age of 23 where he finished 40th in the show jumping event.

Two more for luck:

  • The first Winter Olympic Games were held in Chamonix, France in 1924.
  • Norway has won the most medals (263) at the Winter Games.
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ON TRACK by Jim Bell

It was announced to gathered dignitaries, from across the World,
As the pre-ambling was almost done...
"...And the 2012 Olympic Games
is awarded...to the city of London".

The crowd erupted, in rapturous applause,
The British ensemble patted each other on the back,
Then realisation suddenly hit them..
"Blimey !...We've got to build a running track".

The following day, they held a meeting,
And appointed as leader, Lord Sebastian Coe;
Gave him a shovel, and a pick-axe,
And said, "Right...off you go !"

He scratched his head, and thought a while,
Concluded they must get this properly planned;
As it's called the O' Lympic games already,
Got some Irishmen, to lend a hand.

They decided on a bit of waste ground,
Worked hard, 'til the land was clear,
Then, as it was nearly lunch-time...
Went to the pub for a beer.

Seb said the job was a Marathon task,
He wanted workers, who were the very best;
They'd be for the High Jump, if caught slacking,
And not putting their construction skills, to the test.

So, taking a Leap into the unknown,
They Pooled all of their resources;
Started to develop the racing Track,
And outside equestrian courses.

From the waste land grew an enormous structure,
A stadium with seats, in hundreds of tiers;
Surrounding the track, with it's parallel, white lines ,
Something to make Britain proud, for the coming years.

They designed a hall for the cycling,
As the Velodrome started to rise from the dust;
With it's wooden track ramped at ridiculous angles,
They thought "More help is a must".

So Paddy asked his friend Ahmed, if he wanted a job,
He agreed, if his family could come too,,,
Soon there were thousands, digging away,
To see the project through.

They dug a big hole for the swimming pool,
But the water seeped out, as they tried to fill it;
So they agreed it had better be concreted first,
And tiled, before they put anything in it.

They decided against the scaffold plank for diving,
Instead bought a proper system, from e-bay;
With high boards, and springboards, it looked the part,
And saved a few quid at the end of the day.

They thought about the rowing course,
Somewhere for water activities to go ahead.
Paddy arrived wearing a snorkel, carrying his spade,
But decided the river was deep enough, instead.

The athletes would need somewhere to stay for the time
They were competing in our pleasant land...
So a whole new village materialised,
As Paddy ordered another load of bricks and sand.

They'd want shops and supplies to cater for their needs,
And medical facilities for their athletic aches and pains;
A practice ground; somewhere to limber up,
And shelter, for when it rains.

They'd want bedrooms and living quarters, to get their rest,
Community lounges to share with the team.
All fitted out with life's little luxuries,
No end to their requests, it would seem.

Then a carpenter knocked up a couple of blocks,
Nailed together, he said "That should hold";
Those two are for bronze and silver...
The top one is for the gold.

"Wer'e going to want to sell brochures," someone said,
"and people will want places to eat and drink;
I think we should include a curry house and pub...
Tell me what you think ?"

Seb Coe took a look at the progress,
And was impressed with what they had achieved;
Said, "Carry On Men, you're doing well,
I am very, very pleased".

Now, the Irish are brilliant workers,
And once started, just don't want to give in...
So Ahmed said to Paddy, "They'll need transport,
...over there's a good place to begin".

They started to dig with great vigour,
Their hearts never once began to sink,
And at the end of the week, the Irishmen
Had dug a brand new underground link.

"What will you do with all the rocks you dug out?"
"We're near the river, so will you ferry them?"
Paddy thought, and said "I've a better idea,
We'll dig another hole, and bury them".

Now the site is finished, bar the shouting !
The workers have packed away all of their tools,
Trees are planted; the medals struck,
There is water in all of the pools.

Inspected at every opportunity,
By Health and Safety, and visiting Nations,
To ensure every detail meets the anticipated results,
And they can relish in their celebrations.

Seb went back to his boss, with a final report,
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London was there,
He was grinning from ear to ear,
While Boris flicked his long blonde hair.

"Well done Lord Coe" was the combined remark,
"You've built it, just like we planned.
It's quite impressive; better than we thought,
Eee by gum, it does look grand !"

Now the Country waits the arrival of the teams
Who will put the facilities to the test.
Britain wants to show the World that when it comes to events,
We really can compete with the best.

Paddy scratched his head on his way home that night,
Later said, "Mr Coe sir...if I might be so bold,
Have you thought of where you'll store the trophies,
The British Medals of bronze, silver and gold ?"

As Lord Coe pondered this final suggestion,
Paddy offered him a gift; wrapped and neatly tied;
"This is for your Country, and it's successful games"
He said, with enormous pride.

"Wait...don't open it yet" said Paddy,
" To spoil the gesture would be a sin"...
So back at the office, amid rapturous applause,
Seb announced, " We need somewhere for the medals that we win".

Then, remembering the gift, he untied the ribbon,
And produced a box, just six inches square.
The message from Paddy read " To the British squad...
Your medal haul should all fit in there !"
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Olympic poem kindly sent in by Jim Bell

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