UK Olympics 2012- The Largest Cultural Celebration Of Modern Olympic And Paralympic Games

UK Olympics 2012: The UK Olympics 2012 is the most significant cultural celebration in the history of modern Olympic and Paralympic games. It is developed with the aim to provide everyone in the UK an opportunity to be aspect of London 2012 Olympics and also to inspire the different forms of culture especially among youth.

2012 summer Olympics: The 2012 summer Olympics will begin on 27th July 2012 and will run until 9th September 2012. There will be some program performed by finest artists of the world. It includes pop to film, art and fashion to theaters, circus to carnivals and opera to digital innovation. In short, there will be more than 1000 events to get involved. There will be some events which are free to attend.

Get involved in 2012 Olympics: Here is good news! You don’t need to wait to join UK Olympics 2012 till summer. Get involved now! There are various free as well as paid ceremonies. Few of them are:

St Pancras International Spectacular: The very first set of Olympic rings was beginning in March 2011 at St Pancras International, London. It was started on 3 March 2011 and will run till 28 August 2012. The launch was attended by Boris Johnson and Sebastian Coe. The event is free of cost

Mine to Medals – the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Medals: The UK Olympics 2012 Olympic Games medal is designed by renowned jeweler David Watkins. He was the Professor of goldsmith, metal work, silversmith at London’s Royal College of Art for many years. The UK Olympics 2012 Paralympic Games medal was designed by Lin Cheung. She is a jeweler and an artist. She is also a Senior Lecturer at London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design for Jewelry Design. These metals which are used for medals were mined and processed at Rio Tinto’s operations – Kennecott Utah Copper in the United States and Olu Tolgoi in Mongolia – and the medals themselves struck at the Royal Mint in Wales. The event was started on 9th September 2011 and will run till 9th September 2012 at British Museum, London at free of cost.

There is more which you can view from the main website of London 2012 Olympics.

Cultural Olympiad: The Cultural Olympiad includes:

London 2012 Festival: It includes leading artists across the world whom is gathered in the biggest nationwide festival of UK. It is a good chance to involve into the spirit of UK Olympics 2012 through dance, music, theater, the visual arts, film and digital innovation for everyone.

Art: It includes wide range of projects and programs, starting from large commissions such as artists taking the lead to events within the Inspire program to the UK Olympics 2012.

Film and digital: It includes everything from a short film competition to individual projects for young people.

Museums and galleries: It includes UK-wide projects such as ‘Stories of the World’, alongside local programs awarded the coveted ‘Inspire mark’.

Music: It includes range of projects and programs starting from large-scale commissions to local activities run through the Inspire program.

Outdoors and events: It includes projects from ‘Discovering Places’ to the Inspire program.

Theatre, dance and comedy: It includes various theatre, dance and comedy events in the London 2012 festival.

Literature and libraries: It includes number of Inspire mark projects and events, like Summer Reading Challenge.

Funding the Games: The London 2012 project is funded by two key organizations: one private, one public.

A privately funded Organizing Committee: The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympics Games (LOCOG) is the private organization who has taken the responsibility for preparing and staging the 2012 Games. It has a £2bn budget which is almost raised from the private sector.

A public sector funded organization committee: The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is the public sector organization who has taken responsibility for the delivery of the new venues and infrastructure required for the UK Olympics 2012 games. The ODA budget is almost raised from the public sector.

The National Lottery: The National Lottery also helps and plays an important role in providing fund. It will help to increase the participation in sport at a community level and also deliver improved services and facilities. National lottery funds help to organize this grand event in UK. About £2.2bn of National Lottery funds are used to host the Games. The national lottery will share the profits made from land and property sales in coming days.

Infrastructure: A completely new infrastructure with all facilities has been installed in the Olympic park in order to meet the needs of the lower lea valley and London 2012 games. This newly infrastructure includes an Energy Centre, Primary Substation and Pumping Station. Not only this, new bridges and roads are also being built to connect the Park to the surrounding area.

Games:

Olympic Games: The UK Olympic 2012 includes 26 sports, which is further defined in 39 disciplines. Here is list of Olympic Games:

Archery: The game will be held at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Friday 27th July to Friday 3 August. The event includes total 4 medals and 128 athletes with 64 men and 64 women.

Badminton: The game will be held at Wembley Arena on Saturday 28 July to Sunday 5 August. The event includes total 5 medals and 172 athletes.

Athletics: The game will be held at Olympic Stadium – Olympic Park (track, field and combined events); The Mall (road events) on Friday 3 August to Sunday 12 August. The event includes total 47 medals and 2,000 athletes.

Basketball: The game will be held at Basketball Arena – Olympic Park (preliminaries, women’s quarter-finals); North Greenwich Arena (men’s quarter-finals and women’s semi-finals onwards) on Saturday 28 July to Sunday 12 August. The event includes total 2 events and 288 athletes with 144 men, 144 women, and 12 teams in each event.

Beach Volleyball: The game will be held at Horse Guards Parade on Saturday 28 July to Thursday 9 August. The event includes total 2 medals and 96 athletes with 48 men, 48 women; 24 teams in each event.

Boxing: The game will be held at ExCeL on Saturday 28 July to Sunday 12 August. The event includes total 13 medals and 286 athletes with 250 men and 36 women.

Canoe Slalom: The game will be held at Lee Valley White Water Centre on Sunday 29 July to Thursday 2 August. The event includes 4 medals and 82 athletes.

Canoe Sprint: The game will be held at Eton Dorney on Monday 6 to Saturday 11 August. The event includes 12 medals and 248 athletes.

Cycling – BMX: The game will be held at BMX Track – Olympic Park on Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 August. The event includes 2 medals and 48 athletes.

Cycling – Mountain Bike: The game will be held at Hadleigh Farm, Essex on Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 August. The event includes 2 medals and 80 athletes with 50 men and 30 women.

Cycling – Road: The game will be held at The Mall (Road Race); Hampton Court Palace (Time Trial) on Saturday 28 July to Wednesday 1 August. The event includes 4 medals and 212 athletes with 145 men and 67 women.

Cycling – Track: The game will be held at Velodrome on Thursday 2 to Tuesday 7 August. The event includes 10 medals and 188 athletes with 104 men and 84 women.

Diving: The game will be held at Aquatics Centre – Olympic Park on Sunday 29 July to Saturday 11 August 2012. The event includes 8 medals and 136 athletes with 68 men and 68 women.

Equestrian – Dressage: The game will be held at Greenwich Park on Thursday 2 August to Thursday 9 August 2012. The event includes 2 medals and 50 athletes.

Equestrian – Eventing: The game will be held at Greenwich Park on Saturday 28 July to Tuesday 31 July 2012. The event includes 2 events and 75 athletes.

Equestrian – Jumping: The game will be held at Greenwich Park on Saturday 4 to Wednesday 8 August. The event includes 2 medals and 75 athletes.

Fencing: The game will be held at ExCeL on Saturday 28 July to Sunday 5 August. The eveny includes 10 medals and 212 athletes.

Football: The game will be held at City of Coventry Stadium, (Coventry); Hampden Park (Glasgow); Millennium Stadium (Cardiff); Old Trafford (Manchester); St James’ Park (Newcastle); Wembley Stadium on Wednesday 25 July to Saturday 11 August. The event includes 2 medals and 504 athletes with 288 men, 216 women; 16 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams.

Gymnastics – Artistic: The game will be held at North Greenwich Arena on Saturday 28 July to Tuesday 7 August. The event includes 14 medals and 196 athletes with 98 men and 98 women.

Gymnastics – Rhythmic: The game will be held at Wembley Arena on Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 August. The event includes 2 medals and 96 athletes (all women).

Gymnastics – Trampoline: The game will be held at North Greenwich Arena on Friday 3 to Saturday 4 August. The event includes 2 medals and 32 athletes.

Handball: The game will be held at Copper Box – Olympic Park (preliminaries, women’s quarter-finals); Basketball Arena – Olympic Park (men’s quarter-finals, plus all semi-finals and finals) on Saturday 28 July to Sunday 12 August. The event includes 2 medals and 336 athletes with 168 men, 168 women; 12 teams in each event.

Hockey: The game will be held at Riverbank Arena on Sunday 29 July to Saturday 11 August. The event includes 2 medals and 384 athletes with 192 men, 192 women; 12 teams in each event.

Judo: The game will be held at ExCeL on Saturday 28 July to Friday 3 August. The event includes 14 medals and 386 athletes.

Modern Pentathlon: The game will be held at Copper Box – Olympic Park (fencing); Aquatics Centre – Olympic Park (swimming); and Greenwich Park (riding, combined event) on Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 August. The event includes Fencing, Swimming, Riding, Combined Run/Shoot and 2 medals and 72 athletes with 36 men, 36 women.

Rowing: The game will be held at Eton Dorney on Saturday 28 July to Saturday 4 August. The event includes 14 medals and 550 athletes with 353 men and 197 women.

Sailing: The game will be held at Weymouth and Portland on Sunday 29 July to Saturday 11 August. The event includes 10 medals and 380 athletes with 237 men and 143 women.

Shooting: The game will be held at The Royal Artillery Barracks on Saturday 28 July to Monday 6 August. The event includes 15 medals and 390 athletes.

Swimming: The game will be held at Aquatics Centre – Olympic Park (pool events); Hyde Park (Marathon Swimming 10km) on Saturday 28 July to Saturday 4 August (Aquatics Centre); Thursday 9 to Friday 10 August (Hyde Park). The event includes 34 medals and 950 athletes.

Synchronized Swimming: The game will be held at Aquatics Centre – Olympic Park on Sunday 5 to Friday 10 August. The event includes 2 medals and 104 athletes (all women).

Table Tennis: The game will be held at ExCeL on Saturday 28 July to Wednesday 8 August. The event includes 4 medals and 172 athletes with 86 men and 86 women.

Taekwondo: The game will be held at ExCeL on Wednesday 8 to Saturday 11 August. The event includes 8 medals and 128 athletes with 64 men and 64 women.

Tennis: The game will be held at Wimbledon on Saturday 28 July to Sunday 5 August. The event includes Men’s and women’s Singles and Doubles; Mixed Doubles with 5 medals and 172 athletes with 86 men and 86 women.

Triathlon: The game will be held at Hyde Park on Saturday 4 and Tuesday 7 August. The event includes 2 medals and 110 athletes with 55 men and 55 women.

Volleyball: The game will be held at Earls Court on Saturday 28 July to Sunday 12 August. The event includes 2 medals and 288 athletes with 144 men, 144 women: 12 teams in each event.

Water Polo: The game will be held at Olympic Park – Water Polo Arena on Sunday 29 July to Sunday 12 August. The event includes 2 medals and 260 athletes with 156 men and 104 women.

Weightlifting: The game will be held at ExCeL on Saturday 28 July to Tuesday 7 August. The event includes 15 medals and 260 athletes with 156 men and 104 women.

Wrestling: The game will be held at ExCeL on Sunday 5 to Sunday 12 August 2012. The event includes 18 medals and 344 athletes.

Paralympic sports: The Paralympic program for London 2012 includes 20 sports which is further divide in 2 disciplines: Road and Track. Here is list if Paralympic sports:

Paralympic Archery: The game will be held at The Royal Artillery Barracks on Thursday 30 August to Wednesday 5 September 2012. The event includes 9 medals and 140 athletes with 88 men and 52 women.

Paralympic Athletics: The game will be held at Olympic Stadium (track and field events); The Mall (road events) on Friday 31 August to Sunday 9 September 2012. The event includes 170 medals and 1,100 athletes with 740 men and 360 women.

Boccia: The game will be held at ExCeL on Sunday 2 September to Saturday 8 September 2012. The event includes 7 medals and 104 athletes.

Paralympic Cycling – Road: The game will be held at Brands Hatch on Wednesday 5 September to Saturday 8 September 2012. The event includes 32 medals and 225 athletes with 155 men, 70 women (across Road and Track).

Paralympic Cycling – Track: The game will be held at Olympic Park – Velodrome on Thursday 30 August to Sunday 2 September 2012. The event includes 18 medals and 225 athletes with 155 men, 70 women (across Road and Track).

Paralympic Equestrian: The game will be held at Greenwich Park on Thursday 30 August to Tuesday 4 September 2012. The event includes 11 medals and 78 athletes.

Football 5-a-side: The game will be held at Olympic Park – Riverbank Arena on Friday 31 August to Saturday 8 September 2012. The event includes 1 medal and 64 athletes (all men; eight teams).

Football 7-a-side: The game will be held at Olympic Park – Riverbank Arena on Saturday 1 September to Sunday 9 September 2012. The event includes 1 medal and 96 athletes (all men; eight teams).

Goalball: The game will be held at Olympic Park – Copper Box on Thursday 30 August to Friday 7 September 2012. The event includes 2 medals and 132 athletes with 72 men, 60 women;12 men’s teams and 10 women’s teams.

Paralympic Judo: The game will be held at ExCeL on Thursday 30 August to Saturday 1 September 2012. The event includes 13 medals and 132 athletes with 84 men, 48 women.

Powerlifting: The game will be held at ExCeL on Thursday 30 August to Wednesday 5 September 2012. The event includes 20 medals and 200 athletes with 120 men and 80 women.

Paralympic Rowing: The game will be held at Eton Dorney on Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September 2012. The event includes 4 medals and 96 athletes with 48 men and 48 women.

Paralympic Sailing: The game will be held at Weymouth and Portland, Dorset on Saturday 1 September to Thursday 6 September 2012. The event includes 3 medals and 80 athletes.

Paralympic Shooting: The game will be held at The Royal Artillery Barracks on Thursday 30 August to Thursday 6 September 2012. The event includes 12 medals and 140 athletes with 100 men and 40 women.

Paralympic Swimming: The game will be held at Olympic Park – Aquatics Centre on Thursday 30 August to Saturday 8 September 2012. The event includes 148 medals and 600 athletes with 350 men, 250 women.

Paralympic Table Tennis: The game will be held at ExCeL on Thursday 30 August to Saturday 8 September 2012. The event includes 29 medals and 276 athletes with 174 men and 102 women.

Sitting  Volleyball: The game will be held at ExCeL on Thursday 30 August to Saturday 8 September 2012. The event includes 2 medals and 198 athletes with 110 men, 88 women; 10 men’s teams and 8 women’s teams.

Wheelchair Basketball: The game will be held at North Greenwich Arena; Olympic Park – Basketball Arena on Thursday 30 August to Saturday 8 September 2012. The event includes 2 medals and 264 athletes with 144 men, 120 women; 12 men’s teams and 10 women’s teams.

Wheelchair Fencing: The game will be held at ExCeL on Tuesday 4 September – Saturday 8 September 2012. The event includes 12 medals and 100 athletes.

Wheelchair Rugby: The game will be held at Olympic Park – Basketball Arena on Wednesday 5 September to Sunday 9 September 2012. The event includes 1 medal and 96 athletes (8 teams).

Wheelchair Tennis: The game will be held at Olympic Park – Eton Manor on Saturday 1 September to Saturday 8 September 2012. The event includes 6 medals and 112 athletes.

Ceremonies:

The Opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games are highlights of the London 2012 to the world.

Opening Ceremony: Few programs of Opening Ceremony include:

Receiving the Head of State of the Host Country

Parade of Athletes

Speeches

Playing the Olympic Anthem and the entry and raising of the Olympic Flag

Oaths

The Torch and lighting of the Cauldron

Closing Ceremony: Few programs of Closing Ceremony include:

March of the athletes

Flags and Speeches

Olympic Flame

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