The London Games

 

 

A bit of history first… Almost three thousand years ago, the Olympics emerged and were first held in the ancient Greek city of Elis. Up to now, the tradition has carried on and has evolved through the ages. It has unmistakably become the world’s biggest and the most important sporting event.

 

This year and for the third time, London has done its best to welcome sportspeople and audiences from all over the world. The 2012 Olympics Games took place on an industrial site in East London, Stratford, and started on the 27th of July.

Over the 16 days of competition, 26 sports have been contested by more than 10,000 athletes coming from 204 National Olympic Commitees.

 

London is the first city in the world to officially host the Olympics for the third time, having done so in 1908 and 1948.

 

The breathtaking and surreal opening ceremony was designed by the Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle and was called ‘The Isles of Wonder’. The Olympics were officially opened by the Queen Elizabeth II.

 

Approximately 4700 Olympic and Paralympic medals have been produced by the Royal Mint at Llantrisant for this year’s competition. The United Kingdom won 65 of those, whilst France walked on the catwalks 34 times.

 

With an impressive line-up which featured, amongst others, the Spice Girls, the London Olympics signoff was a mix of British pop culture at its best.

London has, once again, perfectly known how to amaze and divert us.

 

Let us not forget the the 2012 London Games are not over yet. Across the United Kingdom and abroad, people are looking forward to the Paralympics, starting on the 29th of August…

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