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    Olympics - London 2012





    The flame is ours .....
    The Olympics are officially now the responsibility of London
    and the people of Great Britain.



    XXX Olympiad
    For most of us the Olympics this summer will be a 'once in a lifetime' event. It's an opportunity to watch and support our own athletes on our own home turf. It's a time to be proud of what Britons achieve in their field of sporting excellence, cheer them on for all we're worth and celebrate when they win medals for the nation.

    London holds the distinction of being the only city to host the Summer Olympics for the 3rd time.

    After failed attempts by Birmingham (1992) and Manchester (1996/2000) to be nominated
    the decision was made to bid with London, given the clear indication that it was the only city in the UK that had a chance of being selected by the IOC when put up against other world cities in a competitive bidding process.

    As a venue London already had some iconic sporting venues - Wembley, Wimbledon, Lords - and space to make way for a vast Olympic Arena and the accompanying peripherals required.

    On 6 July 2005 the IOC awarded the rights to host the Games of the XXX Olympiad to London. The city beat the favourite (Paris 2012) on the fourth and final ballot 54 to 50 and will become the first city to host the Games three times.

    The Olympic flame arrives in the UK today so we thought it was a great time to launch the Olympics forum because there's going to be lots to talk above over the next few weeks and months!!!

    We'll add in more information to this thread over the next week so it's useful to those who want to watch, travel to the Olympic venues, follow the flame and learn more about the Olympics history.

    There are threads for all the Olympic sports in this separate sub-forum.
    Please chip in your comments and any related stories.


    Let's hope we witness something very special as TeamGB go for Gold





    London 2012 official website.
    Visit London 2012 Olympics guide
    Olympics history -
    wikipedia, about.com,
    The
    London bid
    for the XXX'th Olympiad

    The Paralympics website


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    Re: Olympics - London 2012 - General/Official Information, key dates and summary of sites






    Olympic Sports - Dates & Venues


    Sport Dates Venues
    Archery Fri 27 Jul – Fri 3 Aug Lords Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, London
    Athletics Fri 3 Aug – Sun 12 Aug Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, London
    The Mall, London
    Badminton Sat 28 Jul – Sun 5 Aug Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
    Basketball Sat 28 Jul – Sun 12 Aug Basketball Arena, Olympic Park, London
    North Greenwich (O2) Arena, Greenwich, London
    Beach Volleyball Sat 28 Jul – Thu 9 Aug Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, London
    Boxing Sat 28 Jul – Sun 12 Aug ExCeL, Docklands, London
    Canoe Slalom Sun 29 Jul – Thu 2 Aug Lee Valley White Water Centre, Hertfordshire
    Canoe Sprint Mon 6 Aug – Sat 11 Aug Eton Dorney, Buckinghamshire
    Cycling - BMX Wed 8 Aug – Fri 10 Aug BMX Track, Olympic Park, London
    Cycling - Mountain Bike Sat 11 Aug – Sun 12 Aug Hadleigh Farm, Castle Point, Essex
    Cycling - Road Sat 28 Jul (Men's Road)
    Sun 29 Jul (Women's Road)
    Wed 1 Aug (Time Trials)
    The Mall, London (Road Races)

    Hampton Court Palace, London (Time Trials)
    Cycling - Track Thu 2 Aug – Tue 7 Aug Velodrome, Olympic Park, London
    Diving Sun 29 Jul – Sat 11 Aug Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, London
    Equestrian Thu 2 Aug – Thu 9 Aug (Dressage)
    Sat 28 Jul – Tue 31 Jul (Eventing)
    Sat 4 Aug – Wed 8 Aug (Jumping)
    Greenwich Park, Greenwich, London
    Fencing Sat 28 Jul – Sun 5 Aug ExCeL, Docklands, London
    Football Wed 25 Jul – Sat 11 Aug City of Coventry Stadium (Coventry)
    Hampden Park (Glasgow)
    Millennium Stadium (Cardiff)
    Old Trafford (Manchester)
    St James’ Park (Newcastle)
    Wembley Stadium (London)
    Gymnastics - Artistic Sat 28 Jul – Tue 7 Aug North Greenwich (O2) Arena, Greenwich, London
    Gymnastics - Rhythmic Thu 9 – Sun 12 Aug Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
    Handball Sat 28 Jul – Sun 12 Aug Copper Box, Olympic Park, London
    Basketball Arena, Olympic Park, London
    Hockey Sun 29 Jul – Sat 11 Aug Riverbank Arena, Olympic Park, London
    Judo Sat 28 Jul – Fri 3 Aug ExCeL, Docklands, London
    Modern Pentathlon Sat 11 Aug – Sun 12 Aug Copper Box, Olympic Park, London (Fencing)
    Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, London (Swimming)
    Greenwich Park, Greenwich, London (Other)
    Rowing Sat 28 Jul – Sat 4 Aug Eton Dorney, Buckinghamshire
    Sailing Sun 29 Jul – Sat 11 Aug Weymouth & Portland, Dorset
    Shooting Sat 28 Jul – Mon 6 Aug Royal Artillary Barracks, Woolwich, London
    Swimming Sat 28 Jul – Sat 4 Aug Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, London
    Synchronised Swimming Sun 5 Aug - Fri 10 Aug Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, London
    Table Tennis Sat 28 Jul – Wed 8 Aug ExCeL, Docklands, London
    Taekwondo Wed 8 Aug – Sat 11 Aug ExCeL, Docklands, London
    Tennis Sat 28 Jul – Sun 5 Aug Wimbledon, London
    Trampoline Fri 3 Aug – Sat 4 Aug North Greenwich (O2) Arena, Greenwich, London
    Triathlon Sat 4 Aug – Tue 7 Aug Hyde Park, London
    Volleyball Sat 28 Jul – Sun 12 Aug Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Earls Court, London
    Water Polo Sun 29 Jul – Sun 12 Aug Water Polo Arena, Olympic Park, London
    Weightlifting Sat 28 Jul – Tue 7 Aug ExCeL, Docklands, London
    Wrestling Sun 5 Aug – Sun 12 Aug ExCeL, Docklands, London

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    Re: Olympics - London 2012 - General/Official Information, key dates and summary of sites




    Venues and Transport


    The 2012 Summer Olympic City

    Whilst there is a main Olympic Park with various stadiums, arenas and the Athletes Village a number of events will be held away from the centre of London and some, especially football, will be in venues across the country.

    Here's a summary of those venues and the sports featured there.
    They are listed by area and alphabetical by venue.
    Transport information will be added later.

    There is a separate schedule of events in the post above this.

    London - Olympic Park
    Stratford, East London is the central venue for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London.
    Within the area there are several Olympic venues, listed below, together with the Olympic Village.

    Aquatics Centre - Diving, Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Modern Pentathlon

    Basketball Arena - Basketball, Handball

    BMX track - Cycling BMX

    Copper Box - Modern Pentathlon, Handball

    Olympic Stadium - Athletics. Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

    Riverbank Arena - Hockey

    Velodrome - Cycling Track

    Water Polo Arena - Water Polo


    London - Other

    Earls Court ,London West - volleyball

    Excel, London Docklands - Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Tabletennis, Taekwondo, Weightlifting, Wrestling

    Greenwich Park
    , London South East - Equestrian, Modern Pentathlon

    Hampton Court Palace, London West - Cycling

    Horseguards Parade, London Central - Beach Volleyball

    Hyde Park, London Central - Triathlon, Swimming

    Lee Valley White Water Centre, London East - Canoe Slalom

    Lords Cricket Ground, London Central - Archery

    North Greenwich Arena, London South - Artistic Gymnastics, Basketball, Trampoline

    The Mall, London Central - Athletics, Cycling, Triathlon, Road Race

    The Royal Artillery Barracks, London Central - Shooting

    Wembley Arena, London North West - Badminton, Rhythmic Gymnastics

    Wembley Stadium, London North West - Football

    Wimbledon, London South West - Tennis


    Rest of Great Britain

    Box Hill, Surrey - Road Cycling

    City of Coventry Stadium - football

    Eton Dorney, Berkshire - Rowing, Canoe sprint

    Hadleigh Farm, Essex - Cycling (Mountain Biking)

    Hampden Park, Glasgow - Football

    Millenium Stadium, Cardiff - Football

    Old Trafford, Manchester - Football

    Surrey/London, (map) - Road Cycling Time Trial,

    St James Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne - Football

    Weymouth and Portland, Dorset, SW England - Sailing
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    The Mascots

    Introducing Wenlock and Mandeville .....





    They are animations supposedly depicting two drops of steel from a steelworks in Bolton where the girders for the Olympic stadium were produced. They have a metallic finish, single large eye representing a camera lens, a London Taxi light for hair and Olympic rings as friendship bracelets.

    Wenlock, on the left, represents the main London 2012 Olympics event.
    He's named after the small town of Much Wenlock which held a forerunner of the modern Olympic Games in 1850. The three points on his head represent the three places on the podium.

    Mandeville is named after Stoke Mandeville hospital where a precursor of the Paralympic Games was first organised. His helmet-like head with three points coloured blue, red and green represents the agitos, the Paralympics Symbol.

    They have their detractors but apparently appeal to their target market of youngsters aged 5-15. As part of the Olympics awareness they've been used in a series of short adventure films about the road to the Olympics.

    When they're not in funky mode they look good in Union Jack outfits....

    Find out more here and here.



    All images courtesy the official Olympic websites/sources.

    WENLOCK AT WIMBLEDON




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    Watching the Olympics on TV/Internet

    Main BBC coverage - The main Olympic coverage is on BBC1, BBC3 and the internet.
    BBC2 will show coverage when the news is on BBC1.

    Additional BBC coverage - There are another 24 channels dedicated to the Olympics provided by the BBC for those using Sky, Virgin, Freesat or the internet and 1 or 2 channels for those using Freeview.

    Tennis on BBC - The BBC are allocating 2 of the 24 channels each day for tennis until the finals, one for Centre Court and one for Court 1. During parts of the day when other channels are available they will sometimes allocate more channels to tennis.

    Eurosport - British Eurosport 1 and 2 and Eurosport Player are covering the Olympics


    Details of how to access the extra BBC channels are below

    Freeview
    BBC Red button - one channel (301) plus another (302) after 7 pm. 304 for Freeview HD.
    It is not possible to view the extra BBC 24 channels.

    Freesat
    BBC Red button - up to 24 channels
    For tennis click on the "T-W" and the streams will be listed.
    EPG - program guide - 24 channels
    go to channels 150-173

    Sky
    BBC Red button - up to 24 channels
    For tennis click on the "T-W" and the streams will be listed.
    EPG - program guide - 24 channels
    go to channels 450-473 for HD. Also 477,478, 493, 496 and 497 which are not HD.

    Virgin
    BBC Red button - up to 24 channels
    For tennis click on the "T-W" and the streams will be listed.
    EPG - program guide - 24 channels
    go to channels 574-597

    Internet

    BBC Olympics live video page - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/2012/live-video

    BBC Olympics tennis page- the streams will be listed on the right hand side - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/2012/sports/tennis

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    gold


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    GBflag



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