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London recently hosted the 30th Olympic games.
It was a spectacular 2 weeks showcasing the world's best athletes and paralympians.
Britain finished with 29 gold medals including golds for Ennis, Farah and Murray.
Olympic games 2012
The Olympic Games of the Olympiad XXXth be from 27 July to 12 August 2012 held in London, the capital of the United Kingdom. It has become the 27th edition of the Summer Games for the first time in 1896 were organized. London is the first city for the third time the Games may organize. Previously found the Games of 1908 and 1948 place here. Following the Olympic Games in London, the Paralympic Games were held.
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We went to the first Sunday of the 2012 Games to watch the hockey which is in the Olympic Park.
a) Travelling from Kent, we were advised by the Olympic site to travel to London Bridge, then take the Jubilee Line to Stratford before walking to the Park.
We were advised on the day (via the olympic site) to try a different route: Charing Cross, walk to the Embankment station, catch a train on the District Line to West Ham and walk from there.
We tried both. Same time but the latter journey took less time.
b) Take bin-bags to sit on unless you are undercover ----the seats can be wet from the rain.
c) There are plenty of food outlets in the Park. When you are in the section linked to your sporting event there are fewer choices of outlets and the queues are ridiculous! So eat in the general areas e.g World Square
d) The programmes are for the day but they feature all of the sports ----so do your homework before you leave.
e) If you're outside in the evening it can be really cold. The 2012 Shop sells sweat shirts ---£50 each!
f) There are plenty of people helping you to find your way to places. Thank you to all of you! You were brilliant!
2012 Olympic Games
London has won its bid campaign to host the 2012 Olympic Games here in the capital. I could not be happier! This city will be transformed over the next few years. The plans for the East of London are impressive to say the least, check the website will see how it will look. The economy and housing will benefit from the boost in tourism and the building of an athlete village which will take place in preparation for what we hope will be the best Games ever!
I'm passionate about the fact we will host an Olympics in my home town...I hope we will make it an Olypics to be proud of and make the most of the opportunities which arise from this great honour.
Equipment: If you will be visiting London during the Games, be prepared for crowds, transport delays and road closures...but I hope there will also be a party atmosphere and although fingers are crossed that we will get some good weather, it can't be guaranteed, so bring comfortable walking shoes, a sturdy but lightweight umbrella and some layers. Unfortunately, summer in London is often changeable, so a cardigan to pull on if it turns chilly, or a waterproof jacket would be advisable. Also, something to sit on with a waterproof backing is useful. You may find yourself wanting to sit on the grass in a park, and even if it is sunny the ground is likely to be damp.
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The Games are coming!
The Olympic Games are coming to London in 2012 and with less than a year to go now excitement is building for sports fans. We were lucky enough to secure tickets for three events in the ballot – beach volleyball, volleyball and cycling. On the day that those of us who had applied heard whether or not we’d been successful, and for what events, there was lots of news coverage and I had my 15 minutes of fame (well, a few seconds at least) when I was interviewed about our success on the BBC’s Evening News – you can watch it here..
Although August 2012 still seems some way off, lately you can’t avoid references to the games wherever you go in the city. In Trafalgar Square a giant clock is counting down to the start of the games, in days, hours, minutes and even seconds. Those arriving in London on the Eurostar trains from the continent are greeted by the huge Olympic rings at St Pancras Station. Various test events are taking place to ensure that venues are completely ready for both competitors and spectators. And in the Olympic Park in east London the new stadium and other facilities are taking shape. It’s going to be very very exciting!
I’ll be sharing the events through these pages once the Games start but for now, like us, you will have to wait ...
SB's Olympic guide : Tip 18, Olympic park
If you fancy a walk around the Lea valley to see a bit of history and the location / building works for the 2012 Olympics then have a look at the Olympics2012 website.
They have produced three walking guides for
* The Northern Lea Valley
* The Southern Lea Valley
* The River zone around Greenwich / Woolwich
They are all easily downloadable as a PDF doc.
The Olympic Torch in London.
26th June 2004 and the Olympic torch passes through Kennington heading towards Southwark, it was only a 5 minute walk from home so i grabbed a camera and went to see it. The sponsors truck drove past and annonced that Ian Botham would be doing part of this route, excellent, i have always been a big fan of his. But this guy appeared instead, he seemed to be enjoying himself but i have absolutely no idea who he is. If anyone can identify him i`d be grateful.
There is a link below to a website that names all the torch bearers.
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SB's Olympic guide : Tip 16, Mountain Biking
It would seem immediately obvious that London is distinctly lacking in Mountains. It's also lacking in beaches, and if that didn't stop the Beach Volleyball competition then lack of wild land won't prevent the Mountain Biking event either.
The event will be held at Hadleigh castle in Essex.
By common consensus, the location seems to be seen by the mountain Biking world as a fair choice. It isn't the best location by a long way, but it is certainly the best choice within a 30 minute raduis of the Olympic village, and will produce a good and fair race.
SB's Olympic guide : Tip 20, the footie
The football competition is expected to draw quite large crowds. It is organised as a tournment where most players have to be under 23, in order to make it different to the World Cup.
Unlike other events, it will be played at stadia around the country, including in Wales and Scotland. The final will however be in London, at Wembly.
It seems a pity that the competition could not have been held in East London, Beckham's 'Manor' as Upton Park, White Horse Lane, Brisbane Road, and The Valley could all have benifited from the Olympic touch.
SB's Olympic Guide : Tip 19, White water stuff
The white water events in Kayaking/ Canoeing are planned for Broxbourne, which is on the upper reaches of the Lea River.
I presume by this that they will use the water rather than the actual river.
I would prerfer they planned it for the lower lea valley - this post industrial wasteland would look grat on the telly with its scap metal yards, polluted wasteground and concrete pillars encompassing various gangland lowlifes.
SB's Olympic guide : Tip 17, the boaties
New York was the only one of the candidate cities for 2012 that would have offered the sailing events close to the rest of the action.
I would have loved to see the Olympic regatta staged at Southend-on-sea, but I guess the wind must be a bit too light or something.
So, the boaties along with the Footballers will be spending their Olympics outside of London.
If you want to take in the sailing, then a trip to Weymouth is in order. It could be done as a day trip from London, but a few days spent around the area would be much better.
SB's Olympic guide : Tip 15, time for song, Row !
Henley was originally put forward as the location for the rowing and canoeing events, but in an effort to produce a more 'compact' games, the facilities of a local school have been pressed into service.
No ordinary school this, however. With fees of 22,000 pounds plus a year, it is generally recognised as the leading private (we say 'Public school' in the UK) school in the country.
It is completely untrue that any winners of any rowing event will be expected to wear silly flowrey hats, stand up in the boat and sing the Eton Boating song.....such a pity.
Row, Row, Row your boat gently down the steam,
Belt off, trousers down,
Life if such a scream !
SB's Olympic guide : Tip 14, Don't shoot !
It was originially planned to stage the shooting events at the historic home of shooting at Bisley.
As the IOC wanted a much more 'compact' games, the venue was switched to the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.
This should provide an impressive historic backdrop to the events.
SB's Olympic guide : Tip 13, Shuttlecock & ribbon
If Badminton or Rhythmic Gymnastics (is that to say the normal sort isn't ?), or ping-pong (sorry, Table Tennis) is you bag, then you will be accommodated at the Greenwich Arena.
Don't bother looking it up on the net, as it will only be put up by a team of boy scouts with tentpoles and mallets on their DofE gold award expedition the Monday before it all starts.
The temporary structure (if you didn't get the last paragraph) will be placed opposite the dome, thus sharing transport links.
SB's Olympic guide : Tip 12, Equestrian
It always seems mightly unfair to me that they never seem to give the horse a medal. After all it's done all the hard work, the training and jumped the bloody fences.
The upper-class twit on it's back has just been born into money.
Anyway, if like watching the no-chin brigade trying to break their necks over 30 or so piles of logs and flowers, then the three-day eventing will take place in Greenwich park during the 2012 Olympics.
The location would seen to be perfect for the spectator, shaded, undulating, pretty and affording great views of London.
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