London 2012 Highlights
Opening Ceremony highlights spirit of unity at the Games
From the bucolic green fields until the creation of the world wide web, the history of Great Britain is rich in great events and discoveries that changed the world. The most notable one being the Industrial Revolution, this was the first theme of the spectacular Opening Ceremony of the Games of the 30th Olympiad held on July 27, 2012 in London. Under the title "Isles of Wonder", the action started on the countryside, with a fabulous stage simulating the old and calm lifestyle in the British landscapes.
It quickly evolved to the challenging but thrilling times of the Industrial Revolution, a landmark in the history of mankind and the genesis of the development model followed by the entire planet. In a show proposed by famous artistic director Danny Boyle, the programme of the Ceremony was quite attractive: "You'll hear the words of our great poets – Shakespeare, Blake and Milton. You'll hear the glorious noise of our unrivalled pop culture. You'll see characters from our great children's literature – Peter Pan and Captain Cook, Mary Poppins, Voldemort, Cruella de Vil. You'll see ordinary families and extraordinary athletes. Dancing nurses, singing children and amazing special effects," said the informative brochure distributed to the 80,000 spectators that filled the stadium.
All this and much more was part of a very complete spectacle, highlighted by the parade of the 205 National Olympic Committees participating in these Games, headed by Greece (the country at the origin of the Olympic Games) and concluded by the enthusiastically-applauded British competitors. Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Games, while the IOC President Jacques Rogge left once more an educational message to all athletes present in the stadium: "I congratulate all of the athletes who have earned a place at these Games. And to the athletes, I offer this thought: your talent, your dedication and commitment brought you here. Now you have a chance to become true Olympians. That honour is determined not by whether you win, but by how you compete. Character counts far more than medals. Reject doping. Respect your opponents. Remember that you are all role models. If you do that, you will inspire a generation."
Exciting atmosphere in the Aquatic venues
With two days to go for the start of the FINA competitions, the atmosphere is already intense in the Aquatic venues. Swimmers, divers, synchronised swimmers and water polo players are already practising for some days in the state-of-the-art facilities, trying to put in place their last winning strategies for a successful participation in the 2012 Olympic Games.
"Winning" and "successful" have obviously different meanings for the myriad of athletes competing in London. Strong teams are obviously looking for podium presences, while competitors from developing countries will certainly do their best to raise the aquatic image of their respective nation and to emulate the youth in their territory to the practice of swimming.
In the first group of traditionally-strong nations, the team of Great Britain has naturally great expectations with their home Games. On the Press Conference to present the goals of the squad, Michael Scott, the British National Performance Director, was clear: "We've strived to continue momentum. The upward curve has continued through Rome (2009 FINA World Championships), Delhi (2010 Commonwealth Games) and Shanghai (2011 FINA World Championships). We've learnt from Shanghai, where we missed on four medals by a short margin." Four years ago, in Beijing, the British delegation had totalled six medals in Swimming (three in the pool and three in the marathon swimming events).
Swimmer Spyros Gianniotis (GRE) will be the first torchbearer
10km open water swimming world champion Spyros Gianniotis (GRE) will have the honour of being the first torchbearer of the Olympic flame for the 2012 Olympic Games in London (GBR). On the traditional ceremony, to be held in Ancient Olympia, on May 10, Gianniotis will receive the flame from the High Priestess, after it has been lit by the sun’s rays, and will initiate the 3000km relay of the flame within Greece.
In an announcement made by the Hellenic Olympic Committee, it was also revealed that the flame will be passing through 43 cities in the country where the Olympic Games were born, and will be carried by approximately 500 torchbearers. After a final ceremony on May 17 in the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens (where were held the first modern Games, in 1896), the flame will be given to the LOCOG delegation before flying to Great Britain.
Sport Science Video Analysis Positions - London Aquatics Centre
Please find below information for NOC’s relating to the Sport Science Video Analysis (VA) positions available at the Aquatics Centre during the London Olympic Games 2012:
We have a limited number of VA positions available in the level 1 seating stand.
• VA positions will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
• A maximum of one (1) position will be allocated per NOC.
• The VA positions are free of charge to NOC’s (unless an additional optional service is requested below).
Olympic Park: Access for pre-Games Elite Athlete Training
Throughout 2011 and early 2012, construction on the London 2012 Olympic Park will come to an end and venues will be handed over to LOCOG in order to prepare for the Games. During this pre-Games phase, LOCOG will be responsible for completing the fit-out, operating and maintaining the venues. Also during this period LOCOG will, where possible, support the use of these venues for elite athlete training.
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