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• Beach Volleyball
• Canoe Slalom
• Canoe Sprint
• Cycling - BMX
• Cycling - Mountain Bike
• Cycling - Road
• Cycling - Track
• Equestrian Dressage
• Equestrian Eventing
• Equestrian Jumping
• Gymnastics - Artistic
• Gymnastics - Rhythmic
• Gymnastics - Trampoline
• Modern Pentathlon
• Synchronised Swimming
• Table Tennis
• Water Polo
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This is the vision at the very heart of the new London 2012 brand.
LONDON OLYMPICS 2012
Hosting the Olympic Games is the biggest prize in sport. The 30th Olympic Games will take place in East London to form the London Olympics 2012.
The win for London to host the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012 signifies a great victory, making it the first city in the world to host the Olympic Games for the third time.
London also hosted the Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948.
HISTORY OF THE OLYMPICS
To really absorb the wonderful prospect of the London Olympics 2012, it is uplifting to take quick glance at the history of the Olympics. In short, the Olympics games started in Sparta in 776 BC when the then King was involved in a treaty with three Greek provinces. The treaty was reaffirmed every four years featuring a race between the provinces and the intervening four-year period was an Olympiad. This continued for twelve centuries uninterrupted, attracting huge crowds from all over Greece. The Olympics games stopped in 393AD symbolizing the decay of Ancient Greece.
A re-birth of the Olympics games was instigated in France by Baron de Coubertine in 1894. In Athens in 1896 the first modern Olympics featured athletes from 14 countries with the USA having the most winners. In Paris in 1900, women took part in the Olympics for the first time with the first female winner being Britain's Charlotte Cooper who won the Olympics tennis event.
LONDON OLYMPICS 2012 BID TO HOLD THE GAMES
On July 6 2005 at 12:46pm UK time, Jacques Rogge stood in front of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) General Assembly in Singapore and announced: 'the Games of the XXXth Olympiad in 2012 are awarded to the city of..........London.'
This announcement was greeted with delight by the London delegation in Singapore, the huge crowd of 30,000 people gathered in Trafalgar Square and at events all over the country. This was the result of three years' hard work by a dedicated Olympics bid team supported by millions of people around the UK.
The Right Honourable Sebastian Coe, OBE, headed London's successful bid to host the 2012 London Olympics. Lord Coe is a British athlete and Conservative Party politician. London's bid was not initially the favourite but a complete overhaul of the transport strategy and a huge surge in public support helped in the turnaround.
LONDON OLYMPICS 2012 COMMITTEE
Lord Coe is the Chairman of the London Olympics 2012 committee. The organisation is made up of 3 core oganisations co-ordinating this huge event. They are
The London Organising Committee for the Olympics Games (LOCOG) - overseeing the planning and development of the Games.
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) - works closely with the LOCOG. The ODA is responsible for making sure the venues and necessary infrastructures are in place before the Games.
The Government Olympic Executive - the UK Government body taking the lead coordinating the London 2012 Olympics. This unit is based in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
LONDON OLYMPICS 2012 FINANCES
It has been estimated that the total cost for the Games will be more than £11.3 bn. Creating the Olympic venues and making sure the right infrastructures are in place for the Games will primarily be funded by public money - taxes. The Olympics Games themselves will be funded mainly by the private sector.
The Olympics bill for hosting the Games has risen dramatically since the last London Olympic Games in 1948:
1948 London Olympics £20 million.
1960 Rome Olympics £44 million.
1984 Los Angeles Olympics £966 million.
1992 Barcelona Olympics £1.7 billion.
2008 Beijing £20 billion.
2012 London £11.3 billion
LONDON OLYMPICS 2012 LOGO
The aim for the Olympics Logo was to graphically capture the essence of the London 2012 Olympic Games - namely to inspire young people around the world through sport and the Olympic values .
Lord Coe feels this has now been achieved and the logo represents the vision at the very heart of the London Olympics 2012 brand. The logo for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics was unveiled in a star-studded ceremony in London .
The jagged Olympics emblem, based on the date 2012, comes in a series of shades of pink, blue, green and orange and will evolve in the run-up to the Games.
The word London and the Olympic rings are included in the first two digits of the new Olympics logo.
This is the first time that the same logo will be used for both the Olympic and Paralympics Games.
LONDON OLYMPICS 2012 PREPARATIONS
The 2008 Olympics officially closed in Beijing and the mantle was passed to London as Host for London Olympics 2012, amidst much celebration.
- Olympics Aims London's Lord Mayor Boris Johnson wants the London 2012 Olympics to be much more fun than those in Beijing. He wants to create a "party atmosphere" and wants the London 2012 Olympics to excel in a different way. There are plans to use the whole of the city to create a fantastic atmosphere.
It is his intention that central London will be the place where people come to hang out and spend their money before they go to the various Olympic sites around London, thus creating a party and festival atmosphere.
- Transport for the Olympics
Good public transport links already exist in London but more effort is being exerted to ensure the spectators get to the venues in time and in comfort. London's public transport infrastructure will be expanded by the extension of the London Underground's East London line. There will also be a number of upgrades to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR).
There are also plans to create a high speed shuttle train service. This will be called "the Olympic Javelin" and will take passengers from St Pancras International -where the EuroStar is based - to the Olympic Park. A number of park and ride sites will also be made available around the M25 (motorway circling Greater London) with low emission vehicles being used as transport.
"By 2012 there will be a total of ten public transport lines feeding into Stratford, representing the capability of a train arriving in the area every 15 seconds."
The sites for the London games will be concentrated around Stratford in the East End (city centre) of London. They will be in the 500 acre/200 hectare Olympic Park which is to be built next to London's new International Railway Station, on the site of the very large tract of Rail Lands.
Creating the Olympic venues and making sure the right infrastructures are in place for the London Olympic 2012 Games is of paramount importance. 34 venues are planned for the 2012 Olympics. London is undergoing a complete make-over to accommodate the Games. A mix of new, old, historic and temporary buildings and complexes will be used as Olympic venues. These include
- Aquatics Venue
- Basketball Arena
- Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre
- Earls Court
- Eaton Dorney
- Eton Manor
- Football Stadia UK wide
- Greenwich Park
- Hadleigh Farm Essex
- Handball Arena
- Hockey Centre
- Horse Guards' Parade
- Hyde Park
- Lord's Cricket Ground
- North Greenwich Arena 1
- North Greenwich Arena 2
- Olympic Stadium
- Regent's Park
- The Royal Artillery Barracks
- Velo Park
- Weymouth Portland
- Events connected with the Olympics
We now in the 3rd year of a four-year arts programme to celebrate Britain's creative talents in the run-up to the London Games. The culmination will be the Opening Ceremony
Professional guides can take you on a visit to the Olympic sites to chart the progress of the regeneration of parts of east London and the creation of the new Olympic area and corresponding locations.
LONDON OLYMPIC 2012 BENEFITS TO BRITAIN
The Mayor of London believes the Olympic 2012 Games and Paralympics Games will have far-reaching benefits for London and Londoners, as well as the rest of the UK, creating jobs, attracting visitors and providing inspiration.
Lord Coe said "It's just the most fantastic opportunity to do everything we always dreamed of in British sport. We can change the face of sport in the next seven years and beyond.
British interest in sport is being ignited by the forth-coming Olympics and will lead to enormous numbers of young people honing in on sporting activities.
For cities, the London Olympics 2012 games represent an unprecedented opportunity to reinvent themselves in buildings, events and social innovations.
The London Olympics in 2012 also represent a huge opportunity to showcase Britain to the world and to boost the country's tourism industry before, during and after the games.
VisitBritain predicts that 50-70% of the net economic benefit of the London Olympics will come through hospitality and tourism over 7-10 years.
Estimates seem to show that £2b could be generated and that almost two-thirds of this growth will happen in the four years after the games.
Many of the new purpose built Olympic facilities will be reused. This will be part of the regeneration of Stratford and Lower Lea Valley in east London. After the games, the Olympic Village, where athletes and officials will stay during the London 2012 Olympics, will be converted into homes. It is the aim to make many of these homes available for key workers such as teachers and nurses.
Together with the new homes in the Olympic Village, there will be further housing built on the Olympic Park site after the Games, creating a total of over 9,000 new homes.
A legacy of the London 2012 Olympics will be that after the games, the Olympic Park will be transformed into the largest urban park created in Europe for more than 150 years .
Riverside housing, shops, restaurants and cafes will provide new amenities for the local community.
LONDON OLYMPIC 2012 INTERESTING STATISTICS
The following statistics are approximations:
- Number of sports - 26
- Number of Athletes - 17,000
- Number of journalists to cover the event - 20,000
- Number of countries represented - 200
- Number of people involved in staging the games - 63,000
- Number of spectators - 500,000
- Number of tickets expected to be sold - 9 million
LONDON OLYMPICS 2012 ACCOMMODATION
If you are looking for accommodation in 2012, check out London Hotels
LONDON OLYMPICS 2012 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
London 2012 may have been a surprise, but somehow it feels right. Here's to the best Olympics, ever.
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