For the first time in sixty-four years the Summer Olympic Games are returning to London. Great Britain will be abuzz with Olympic fever as the spotlight falls on London from the end of July until the end of August, when more than two hundred nations will take part in an event that has become the world’s ultimate sporting competition. An immense amount of work and preparation has been devoted to ensure that the London 2012 Olympics are as spectacular, entertaining and accessible as they can be. To put you in the picture and get you in the mood for the greatest summer sporting show on earth, here are 10 top facts about the London 2012 Olympics.
1. The London 2012 Olympics will be the first in High Definition
Powerful lighting is essential to ensure that the world’s television broadcasters are able to capture and freeze-frame every detail of the competition in High Definition, so London’s Olympic Stadium features fourteen lighting towers to make sure that TV viewers all over the earth don’t miss a moment of the action.
2. The train will take the strain
By the time the London 2012 Olympics begin there will be ten separate transport links into the Olympic Park site in Stratford, representing a capacity of one train every fifteen seconds. Services on the London Underground’s Jubilee Line will increase by 46% in order to transport an estimated 320,000 visitors every hour.
3. No newts is good news
The Olympic Park is sited in an area close to natural wetlands; perfect habitat for newts. Prior to building works commencing around 4,000 of these aquatic amphibians were relocated from the site to the altogether safer Waterworks Nature Reserve in the nearby Lee Valley Regional Park.
4. The world will be watching
Olympic opening ceremonies are renowned for their spectacle, and the London 2012 Olympics promises to be no exception which is just as well since the global viewing audience for th London opening ceremony is expected to be in the region of 4 billion people.
5. Good news for canoes
The London 2012 Olympics sees the introduction of a new competitive race: the 200 metre canoe sprint. Normally the canoes sprint is held over 1000 metres and 500 metres, but the 200 metre sprint promises to be fast and furious; don’t blink or you’ll miss the action – this event is likely to be over within thirty seconds.
6. A bit of a queue for lunch
At the combined size of three football pitches, the dining room in the Olympic Village will cater for more than five thousand hungry diners at a time. To ensure that there’s enough grub for everyone, the food shopping list for the Olympic Village includes 25,000 loaves, 75,000 litres of milk, 19 tonnes of eggs and 330 tonnes of fruit and veg.
7. It take a lot of balls
In fact, for the Olympic tennis events alone more than 26,000 tennis balls will be required whilst the Olympic football tournament will see the use of almost 3,000 footballs.
8. No beach? No problem.
Central London is a long way from the coast, which might have posed a problem for hosting the Olympic Beach Volleyball event. For the London 2012 Olympics, the historic Horse Guards Parade at the centre of Whitehall and close to the Prime Minister’s residence in Downing Street will be converted into a temporary beach using more than two thousand tonnes of sand brought from a quarry in Surrey.
9. A cleaner, greener Olympic Games than ever before
Whilst preparing the Stratford site for the creation of the Olympic Stadium and Olympic Village required the demolition of more than two hundred buildings, an unprecedented 97% of the resultant materials were reclaimed for use in constructing the new Olympic site. The supporting structure of the stadium’s roof contains 2,500 tonnes of steel obtained by recycling old gas pipes!
10. Going for gold (and silver and bronze)
Designed by metalwork artist David Watkins, some 2,100 Olympic medals will be presented during the London 2012 Olympics. Weighing around four hundred grammes the front of each medal depicts Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, whilst the back features the 2012 Olympic logo.
List by John who blogs for Deal Zippy London Deals – http://www.dealzippy.co.uk/london-deals/