From the exciting and no doubt spectacular opening ceremony on the 27th of July until the closing ceremony on the 12th August, the 2012 Olympic Games are taking place in London, England, this will be the third time the Games have been held in London as they were also there in 1908 and in 1948.
Sites where the torch will pass such as, the Northern Ireland landmark, the Gaint’s Causeway on the 4th of June and Stonehenge on the 12th of July. On its final day it will travel down the River Thames to Olympic Park for the opening ceremony on the 27th of July 2012. The three sides of the golden aluminium Olympic Torch represent the 3 games hosted by London. It contains 8,000 holes with each perforation representing a torchbearer taking part in the relay
Many of the previous venues will be re-used such as Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Wimbledon All England Club, Wembley Stadium, The O2 Arena, Wembley Arena, Lord’s Cricket Ground, the Excel Centre, and the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. Many areas of London have been re-developed due to the Olympic Games providing more jobs and the upgrading of parts of London. It is also having positive effects, helping to spread hope among the community and inspire youths into sports.
So whether you are into Gymnastics, Swimming, Equestrian – Eventing to Boxing or Fencing, there will be something for you at the Games. 145 nations have at the least one athlete qualified as of the date of January 12th 2012. The Summer Games programme has 29 sports and 39 disciplines. The organisers try to out-do the previous Games and this year will be no exception. Expect an extravaganza of sports!!
Tickets for popular events sell quickly and people start buying them months in advance. If you can’t afford the prices or missed out, there are a few events that you can attend for free, such as the Women’s and Men’s Marathon’s events that begin and end at The Mall, taking in such iconic London locations as St James’ Park, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament. There is four free cycling events, road race events begin and end at The Mall, taking in a number of famous locations along the way, including Buckingham Palace, Richmond Park, the Natural History Museum, Hampton Court Palace and the beautiful town centre of Kingston upon Thames.
Hotels and hostels also get booked out so its a good idea to book early, HostelsClub recommends The BackpackShack which is close to the Overground rail connection to the Olympic Park, which takes 47 minutes and allows you to avoid using the overcrowded Underground network! Another great place to stay is Generator Hostel London which is located in Russell Square. Whether you are in London to attend the Olympics or not a visit to the Olympic Park where the Olympic Stadium is located, is definitely recommended purely to savour the magic of the once-in-a-lifetime atmosphere.