London Olympics 100 Days Countdown
    2012-04-17 16:49:27      Web Editor: Yihang
The 100-day countdown to the start of the London 2012 Olympics will officially begin.



The 100 Day Olympic Countdown

As the clock reaches 100 days until the Games begin, Britain is putting the finishing touches on preparations that have been years in the making.

Olympic Torch Passes Testing of Worst Weather

The Olympic Torch has passed rigorous testing to ensure even the worst of Britain's weather will not be able to put it out.

Olympic Rings Launched onto River Thames

London Mayor Boris Johnson launched giant Olympic rings measuring 11 meters high by 25 meters wide onto the River Thames on Tuesday, coinciding with 150 days to go to the start of this summer's Olympic Games.

London Looks to Legacy with 200 Days to Go

The London Olympics countdown entered its final 200 days on Monday with government and organisers talking up the legacy Britain can look forward to long after the last medal has been won and the show is over.

London Olympic's Opening Ceremony to Be Themed "Isles of Wonder"         

London 2012's opening ceremony will feature the "Isles of Wonder," the ceremony's artistic director Danny Boyle revealed on Friday, six months ahead of the Games.

Official Olympic Posters for London 2012 Unveiled

The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) unveiled 12 official Olympic and Paralympic posters on Friday, which were created by 12 UK's top artists.

London Olympics One Year Countdown Begins         

The year-long, final countdown to the start of the London 2012 Olympics is now officially underway.

London 2012 Unveils Olympic Medals

The London Olympic medals were unveiled on Wednesday while the city was celebrating the mark of one year to go until the opening ceremony of the the 2012 Games.


2012 Summer Olympics

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are scheduled to take place in London, England, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012.

Following a bid headed by former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe, London was selected as the host city on 6 July 2005 during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore, defeating Moscow, New York City, Madrid and Paris. London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948.


During the closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympics, the Olympic Flag was formally handed over from the Mayor of Beijing to the Mayor of London. This was followed by a section highlighting London. One month later, the Olympic and Paralympics flags were raised outside the London City Hall.

A countdown clock in Trafalgar Square was unveiled, 500 days before the games. The same location hosted one of a number of events to mark a year before the games.

Mascots: Wenlock and Mandeville

The official mascots for the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympics Games were unveiled on 19 May 2010. Wenlock and Mandeville are animations depicting two drops of steel from a steelworks in Bolton. They are named Wenlock, after the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock, which held a forerunner of the current Olympic Games, and Mandeville, after Stoke Mandeville, a village in Buckinghamshire where a forerunner to the Paralympics Games were first held. The writer Michael Morpurgo wrote the story concept to the mascots, and an animation was produced; it is intended that this will form part of an ongoing series concerning the mascots in the run-up to the Games in 2012. Two stories have been created about the mascots: Out Of A Rainbow, the story of how Wenlock and Mandeville came to be, and Adventures On A Rainbow, which features the children from Out Of A Rainbow meeting the mascots and trying out many different Olympic and Paralympics sports.

Torch relay

The Olympics torch relay will be run from 19 May - 27 July 2012, prior to the games. Plans for the relay have been further developed in 2010-11, with the torch bearer selection process announced on 18 May 2011. The torch relay will arrive on 18 May 2012 from Greece. The relay will last 70 days, with 66 evening celebrations, six Island Visits with about 8,000 people carrying the torch 300 m (330 yd) each, starting from Land's End in Cornwall. The torch will have one day outside of the United Kingdom when it will visit Dublin on June 6. The relay will focus on: National Heritage Sites, locations and venues with sporting significance, key sporting events, schools registered with the Get Set School Network, green spaces and biodiversity, Live Sites (city locations with large screens), festivals and other events.


Unpaid volunteers known as Games Makers will perform a variety of tasks before and during the Games.

A target of 70,000 volunteers was set as early as 2004. When recruitment took place in 2010 over 240,000 applications were received. Sebastian Coe said in February 2012 "Our Games Makers will contribute a total of around eight million volunteer hours during the Games and the Games simply wouldn't happen without them".


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