27 July to 12 August 2012

Summer 2012 was a very busy one in London. Since the city won the bid for the XXX Olympiad for the third time, it had been feverishly preparing for the biggest sporting event in the world calendar. In fact, a digital clock was erected in Trafalgar Square to count down the seconds to the event.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games were held in a range of venues all over the city – from the existing Wembley Stadium for football, to the temporary facility that was erected in Hyde Park. A brand new Olympic Park in Stratford was constructed. This new structure and facilities were part of the general regeneration of this area in East London. The new construction also had a big focus on eco-friendly design, with 45 hectares of wildlife.

Athletes from 204 countries participated in the games, which had scheduled 26 sports. These included anything from diving and rowing, to wrestling and archery. New this year was women’s boxing, while baseball and softball were dropped since the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Olympic Medals Official Count

Aside from all the sporting activity going on, the associated London 2012 Festival from 21st June to 9th September took place for all the culture vultures. Big names involved included actress Cate Blanchett, and artists Lucien Freud and David Hockney.

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