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The 2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS, formally the GAMES OF THE XXX OLYMPIAD and commonly known as LONDON 2012, was a major international multi-sport event celebrated in the tradition of the Olympic Games , as governed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It took place in London and to a lesser extent across the United Kingdom from 25 July to 12 August 2012. The first event, the group stage in women\'s football began on 25 July at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff , followed by the opening ceremonies on 27 July. 10,768 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated.

Following a bid headed by former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe and then-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone , London was selected as the host city on 6 July 2005 during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore , defeating bids from Moscow , New York City , Madrid , and Paris . London is the first and only city thus far to host the modern Olympic Games three times , having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948 .

Construction for the Games involved considerable redevelopment, with an emphasis on sustainability . The main focus was a new 200-hectare (490-acre) Olympic Park , constructed on a former industrial site at Stratford, East London . The Games also made use of venues that already existed before the bid.

The Games received widespread acclaim for their organisation, with the volunteers, the British military and public enthusiasm praised particularly highly. The opening ceremony , directed by Danny Boyle , received widespread acclaim throughout the world, particular praise from the British public and a minority of widely ranging criticisms from some social media sites. During the Games, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, winning his 22nd medal. Saudi Arabia , Qatar , and Brunei entered female athletes for the first time, so that every currently eligible country has sent a female competitor to at least one Olympic Games. Women's boxing was included for the first time, thus the Games became the first at which every sport had female competitors. These were the final Olympic Games under the IOC presidency of Jacques Rogge .

The final medal tally was led by the United States , followed by China and host Great Britain . Several world and Olympic records were set at the games. Though there were several controversies, the 2012 games were deemed highly successful with the rising standards of competition amongst nations across the world, packed stadiums and smooth organisation. Furthermore, the focus on sporting legacy and post-games venue sustainability was seen as a blueprint for future Olympics.

CONTENTS

* 1 Bidding process

* 2 Development and preparation

* 2.1 Venues * 2.2 Public transport * 2.3 International transport * 2.4 Cost and financing * 2.5 Volunteers * 2.6 Ticketing * 2.7 Countdown * 2.8 Security * 2.9 Medals * 2.10 Torch relay * 2.11 Environmental policy * 2.12 Cultural Olympiad * 2.13 Opening ceremony * 2.14 Closing ceremony

* 3 The Games

* 3.1 Participating National Olympic Committees

* 3.1.1 Number of athletes by National Olympic Committees (by highest to lowest) * 3.1.2 National houses

* 3.2 Sports * 3.3 Calendar * 3.4 Records * 3.5 Medal table

* 4 Broadcasting

* 5 Marketing

* 5.1 Logo and graphics * 5.2 Mascots * 5.3 _Chariots of Fire_ * 5.4 Sponsors

* 6 Controversies * 7 Drug testing * 8 See also

* 9 References

* 9.1 Book references

* 10 External links

BIDDING PROCESS

Main article: Bids for the 2012 Summer Olympics

By 15 July 2003, the deadline for interested cities to submit bids to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), nine cities had submitted bids to host the 2012 Summer Olympics: Havana , Istanbul , Leipzig , London , Madrid , Moscow , New York City , Paris , and Rio de Janeiro . On 18 May 2004, as a result of a scored technical evaluation, the IOC reduced the number of cities to five: London, Madrid, Moscow, New York and Paris. All five submitted their candidate files by 19 November 2004 and were visited by the IOC inspection team during February and March 2005. The Paris bid suffered two setbacks during the IOC inspection visit: a number of strikes and demonstrations coinciding with the visits, and a report that a key member of the bid team, Guy Drut , would face charges over alleged corrupt party political finances. Lord Coe – the head of the London 2012 bid

Throughout the process, Paris was widely seen as the favourite, particularly as this was its third bid in recent years. London was initially seen as lagging behind Paris by a considerable margin. Its position began to improve after the appointment of Lord Coe as the new head of London 2012 on 19 May 2004. In late August 2004, reports predicted a tie between London and Paris.

On 6 June 2005, the IOC released its evaluation reports for the five candidate cities. They did not contain any scores or rankings, but the report for Paris was considered the most positive. London was close behind, having closed most of the gap observed by the initial evaluation in 2004. New York and Madrid also received very positive evaluations. On 1 July 2005, when asked who would win, Jacques Rogge said, "I cannot predict it since I don't know how the IOC members will vote. But my gut feeling tells me that it will be very close. Perhaps it will come down to a difference of say ten votes, or maybe less."

On 6 July 2005, the final selection was announced at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore . Moscow was the first city to be eliminated, followed by New York and Madrid. The final two contenders were London and Paris. At the end of the fourth round of voting, London won the right to host the 2012 Games with 54 votes to Paris' 50. The celebrations in London were short-lived, being overshadowed by bombings on London\'s transport system less than 24 hours after the announcement.

2012 HOST CITY ELECTION – BALLOT RESULTS CITY NOC ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4

London United Kingdom 22 27 39 54

Paris France 21 25 33 50

Madrid Spain 20 32 31 —

New York City United States 19 17 — —

Moscow Russia 15 — — —

DEVELOPMENT AND PREPARATION

Main article: 2012 Summer Olympic development

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) was created to oversee the staging of the Games after the success of the bid, and held its first board meeting on 3 October 2005. The committee, chaired by Lord Coe , was in charge of implementing and staging the Games, while the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) was in charge of the construction of the venues and infrastructure. The latter was established in April 2006.

The Government Olympic Executive (GOE), a unit within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), was the lead government body for coordinating the London 2012 Olympics. It focused on oversight of the Games, cross-programme programme management and the London 2012 Olympic Legacy before and after the Games that would benefit London and the United Kingdom. The organisation was also responsible for the supervision of the £9.3 billion of public sector funding.

In August 2011, security concerns arose surrounding the hosting of the Olympic Games in London due to the 2011 England riots , with a few countries expressing fear over the safety of the Games, in spite of the International Olympic Committee 's assurance that the riots would not affect the Games.

The IOC's Coordination Commission for the 2012 Games completed its tenth and final visit to London in March 2012. Its members concluded that " London is ready to host the world this summer".

VENUES

Main article: Venues of the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on the Isle of Portland in Dorset hosted the sailing events

The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games used a mixture of new venues, existing and historic facilities, and temporary facilities, some of them in well-known locations such as Hyde Park and Horse Guards Parade . After the Games, some of the new facilities will be reused in their Olympic form, while others will be resized or relocated.

The majority of venues have been divided into three zones within Greater London : the Olympic Zone, the River Zone and the Central Zone. In addition there are a few venues that, by necessity, are outside the boundaries of Greater London, such as the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy some 125 mi (201 km) southwest of London, which hosted the sailing events. The football tournament was staged at several grounds around the UK. Work began on the Park in December 2006, when a sports hall in Eton Manor was pulled down. The athletes' village in Portland was completed in September 2011.

In November 2004, the 200-hectare (500-acre) Olympic Park plans were revealed. The plans for the site were approved in September 2004 by Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney and Waltham Forest. The redevelopment of the area to build the Olympic Park required compulsory purchase orders of property. The London Development Agency was in dispute with London and Continental Railways about the orders in November 2005. By May 2006, 86% of the land had been bought as businesses fought eviction. Residents who opposed the eviction tried to find ways to stop it by setting up campaigns, but they had to leave as 94% of land was bought and the other 6% bought as a £9 billion regeneration project started. Aerial view of the Olympic Park in April 2012

There were some issues with the original venues not being challenging enough or being financially unviable. Both the Olympic road races and the mountain bike event were initially considered to be too easy, so they were eventually scheduled on new locations. The Olympic marathon course , which was set to finish in the Olympic stadium, was moved to The Mall, since closing Tower Bridge was deemed to cause traffic problems in central London. North Greenwich Arena 2 was scrapped in a cost-cutting exercise, Wembley Arena being used for badminton and rhythmic gymnastics events instead.

Test events were held throughout 2011 and 2012, either through an existing championship such as 2012 Wimbledon Championships or as a specially created event held under the banner of _ London Prepares _.

Team GB House was the British Olympic Association's operational HQ up to and during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. Designed by architects Gebler Tooth on the top floor of an office building in Westfield Stratford City, it combined the team HQ, athletes' "Friends and Family" lounge, Press Centre and VIP lounge.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The Olympic Javelin service ran between St Pancras and Ebbsfleet , via Stratford

London's public transport scored poorly in the IOC's initial evaluation; however, it felt that, if the improvements were delivered in time for the Games, London would cope. Transport for London (TfL) carried out numerous improvements in preparation for 2012, including the expansion of the London Overground 's East London Line , upgrades to the Docklands Light Railway and the North London Line , and the introduction of a new "Javelin " high-speed rail service. According to Network Rail, an additional 4,000 train services operated during the Games, and train operators ran longer trains during the day. During the Games, Stratford International station was not served by any international services (just as it had not been before the Games), westbound trains did not stop at Hackney Wick railway station , and Pudding Mill Lane DLR station closed entirely during the Games. The Emirates Air Line crosses the River Thames between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks

TfL also built a £25 million cable car across the River Thames , called the Emirates Air Line , to link 2012 Olympics venues. It was inaugurated in June 2012, and crosses the Thames between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks , carrying up to 2,500 passengers an hour, cutting journey times between the O2 arena and the ExCeL exhibition centre and providing a crossing every 30 seconds.

The plan was to have 80% of athletes travel less than 20 minutes to their event, and 93% of them within 30 minutes of their event. The Olympic Park would be served by ten separate railway lines with a combined capacity of 240,000 passengers per hour. In addition, LOCOG planned for 90% of the venues to be served by three or more types of public transport. Two park-and-ride sites off the M25 with a combined capacity of 12,000 cars were 25 minutes away from the Olympic Park. Another park-and-ride site was planned in Ebbsfleet with a capacity for 9,000 cars where spectators could board a 10-minute shuttle train service. To get spectators to Eton Dorney , four park-and-ride schemes were set up. Olympic rings marked on a street, indicating that the lane was reserved for the use of Olympic athletes and staff.

TfL defined a network of roads leading between venues as the Olympic Route Network ; roads connecting between all of the Olympic venues located within London. Many of these roads also contained special "Olympic lanes" marked with the Olympic rings—reserved for the use of Olympic athletes, officials, and other VIPs during the Games. Members of the public driving in an Olympic lane were subject to a fine of £130. Additionally, London buses would not include roads with Olympic lanes on their routes. The painting of Olympic lane indicators in mid-July led to confusion from commuters, who wrongly believed that the Olympic lane restrictions had already taken effect (they were to take effect on 27 July). The A4 experienced traffic jams due to drivers avoiding the Olympic lane, and likewise on a section of Southampton Row , where the only lanes available in one direction were the Olympic lane and the bus lane.

Concerns were expressed at the logistics of spectators travelling to the events outside London. In particular, the sailing events at Portland had no direct motorway connections, and local roads are heavily congested by tourist traffic in the summer. However, a £77 million relief road connecting Weymouth to Dorchester was built and opened in 2011. Some £16 million was put aside for the rest of the improvements.

TfL created a promotional campaign and website, _Get Ahead of the Games_, to help provide information related to transport during the Olympics and Paralympics. Through the campaign, TfL also encouraged the use of cycling as a mode of transport during the Games. However, despite this encouragement to use bicycles, members of the public protested that riding bikes on London roads would be more dangerous due to the blocked Olympic lanes, and also protested against a decision to close the Lea Valley towpath during the Olympics and Paralympics due to security concerns.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT

The 2012 games were a unique operational task and a massive challenge for Heathrow airport. A temporary terminal was created at Heathrow Airport, to be used by 10,100 departing athletes after the games. Up to 35% more bags than normal were expected on 13 August, which was predicted to be the busiest day in the airport's history, according to Nick Cole, head of Olympic and Paralympic planning at Heathrow.

COST AND FINANCING

A study from Oxford University found that the sports-related costs of London 2012 was USD 15 billion, compared to USD 4.6 billion for Rio 2016, USD 40-44 billion for Beijing 2008 and USD 51 billion for Sochi 2014, the most expensive Olympics in history. Cost per athlete was USD 1.4 million. This does not include wider costs for urban and transport infrastructure, which often cost as much or more than the sports-related costs. In 2005 London secured the bid for the 2012 Summer Games with a cost estimate that two years later proved inadequate and was revised upwards with around 100 percent. Then, when it turned out that the final outturn costs were slightly below the revised budget, the organizers falsely, but very publicly, claimed that the London Games had come in under budget. Main media, including the BBC, reported the false claim as true. In fact, London 2012 went over budget by 76% in real terms, measured from bid to completion.

The costs of mounting the Games were separate from those for building the venues and infrastructure, and redeveloping the land for the Olympic Park. While the Games were privately funded, the venues and Park costs were met largely by public money.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the original budget for the Games was increased to about £9.3 billion ($15.28 billion USD) in 2007. The revised figures were announced to the House of Commons on 15 March 2007 by Tessa Jowell . Along with East End regeneration costs, the breakdown was:

* Building the venues and infrastructure — £5.3 billion. * Elite sport and Paralympic funding — £400 million. * Security and policing — £600 million. * Regeneration of the Lower Lea Valley — £1.7 billion. * Contingency fund — £2.7 billion.

VOLUNTEERS

Unpaid volunteers known as Games Makers performed 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". The volunteers wore clothing which included purple and red polo shirts and jackets, beige trousers, grey socks and grey-and-white trainers which they collected from the Uniform Distribution and Accreditation Centre . Volunteers also wore photo accreditation badges which were also worn by officials, athletes, family members and media which gain them access to specific venues and buildings around the site.

TICKETING

Organisers estimated that some 8 million tickets would be available for the Olympic Games, and 1.5 million tickets for the Paralympic Games. LOCOG aimed to raise £375–£400 million in ticket sales. There were also free events such as marathon, triathlon and road cycling, although, for the first time in Olympic history, the sailing events were ticketed. Eventually, more than 7,000,000 tickets were sold. Following IOC rules, people applied for tickets from the NOC of their country of residence. European Union residents were able to apply for tickets in any EU country.

In Great Britain, ticket prices ranged from £20 for many events to £2,012 for the most expensive seats at the opening ceremony. Some free tickets were given to military personnel as part of the Tickets For Troops scheme, as well as to survivors and families of those who died during 7 July 2005 London bombings . Initially, people were able to apply for tickets via a website from 15 March until 26 April 2011. There was a huge demand for tickets, with a demand of over three times the number of tickets available. The process was widely criticised as more than 50% of the sessions went to a random ballot, and over half the people who applied got no tickets. On 11 May 2012 a round of nearly one million "second chance" tickets went on sale over a 10-day period between 23 June and 3 July 2011. About 1.7 million tickets available for football and 600,000 for other sports (including archery, field hockey, football, judo, boxing and volleyball). Although technical difficulties were encountered, ten sports had sold out by 8 am of the first day.

COUNTDOWN

The Countdown Clock in Trafalgar Square

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 Paralympic flags were raised outside the London City Hall .

A countdown clock in Trafalgar Square was unveiled, 500 days before the Games. The clock broke down the following day, but was later fixed. It is a two-sided clock with the Paralympic countdown on the other side. The countdown to the start of the Olympics began with a ceremony for the lighting of the Olympic flame in Olympia, Greece .

SECURITY

Main article: Security for the 2012 Summer Olympics See also: Controversies surrounding G4S

The security operation was led by the police, with 10,000 officers available, supported by 13,500 members of the armed forces . Naval and air assets, including ships situated in the Thames , Eurofighter jets and surface-to-air missiles, were deployed as part of the security operation; the biggest security operation Britain had faced for decades. The cost of security increased from £282 million to £553 million, and the figure of 13,500 armed forces personnel was more than Britain currently had deployed in Afghanistan. The Metropolitan Police and the Royal Marines carried out security exercises in preparation for the Olympics on 19 January 2012, with 50 marine police officers in rigid inflatables and fast response boats, joined by up to 100 military personnel and a Lynx Navy helicopter.

The Ministry of Defence distributed leaflets to residents of the Lexington building in Bow , announcing that a missile system was to be stationed on top of the water tower. This caused concern to some residents. The Ministry said it probably would use Starstreak missiles and that site evaluations had taken place, but that no final decision had taken place.

MEDALS

Medals of London 2012 Olympics

Approximately 4,700 Olympic and Paralympic medals were produced by the Royal Mint at Llantrisant . They were designed by David Watkins (Olympics) and Lin Cheung (Paralympics). 99% of the gold, silver and copper was donated by Rio Tinto from a mine in Salt Lake County, Utah in the U.S. The remaining 1% came from a Mongolian mine. Each medal weighs 375–400 g (13.2–14.1 oz), has a diameter of 85 mm (3.3 in) and is 7 mm (0.28 in) thick, with the sport and discipline engraved on the rim. The obverse, as is traditional, features Nike , the Greek goddess of victory, stepping from the Panathinaiko Stadium that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, with Parthenon in the background; the reverse features the Games logo, the River Thames and a series of lines representing "the energy of athletes and a sense of pulling together". The medals were transferred to the Tower of London vaults on 2 July 2012 for storage.

Each gold medal is made up of 92.5 percent silver and 1.34 percent gold, with the remainder copper. The silver medal (which represents second place) is made up of 92.5 percent silver, with the remainder copper. The bronze medal is made up of 97 percent copper, 2.5 percent zinc and 0.5 percent tin. The value of the materials in the gold medal is about £410 (US $644), the silver about £210 (US $330), and the bronze about £3 (US $4.71) as of 30 July 2012.

TORCH RELAY

Main article: 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay The torch relay in Newport, Isle of Wight

The Olympics torch relay ran from 19 May to 27 July 2012, before the Games. Plans for the relay were developed in 2010–11, with the torch-bearer selection process announced on 18 May 2011.

On 18 May 2012 the Olympic flame arrived at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall from Greece on flight BA2012, operated by a British Airways Airbus A319 named "Firefly". On the flight the flame was carried inside 4 miners lamps supplied by Protector Lamp of Eccles, Greater Manchester.

The relay lasted 70 days, with 66 evening celebrations and six island visits, and involved some 8,000 people carrying the torch about 8,000 mi (12,875 km), starting from Land\'s End in Cornwall. The torch had three days outside the United Kingdom when it visited the Isle of Man on 2 June, Dublin in Ireland, on 6 June, and both Guernsey and Jersey on 15 July.

The relay focused on National Heritage Sites, locations 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), and festivals and other events. Dumfries and Galloway was the only Region in the whole of the United Kingdom that had the Olympic Torch pass through it twice. A group of young athletes, nominated by retired Olympic athletes, ran the torch around the stadium. These torchbearers were Callum Airlie, Jordan Duckitt, Desiree Henry , Katie Kirk, Cameron MacRitchie, Aidan Reynolds, and Adelle Tracey . Together the torchbearers each lit a petal which spread the fire to the 204 petals of the cauldron , representing the countries that participated in the games.

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

The Olympic Park was planned to incorporate 45 hectares of wildlife habitat, with a total of 525 bird boxes, and 150 bat boxes. Local waterways and riverbanks were enhanced as part of the process. Renewable energy also features at the Olympics. It was originally planned to provide 20% of the energy for the Olympic Park and Village from renewable technologies; however, this may now be as little as 9%. Proposals to meet the original target included large-scale on-site wind turbines and hydroelectric generators in the River Thames. These plans were scrapped for safety reasons. The focus has since moved to installing solar panels on some buildings, and providing the opportunity to recover energy from waste. Food packaging at the Olympics is made from compostable materials – like starch and cellulose-based bioplastics – where it cannot be re-used or recycled. This includes fast food wrappers, sandwich boxes and drink cartons. After they have been used, many of these materials would be suitable for anaerobic digestion (AD), allowing them to be made into renewable energy.

Buildings like the Water Polo Arena will be relocated elsewhere. Building Parts like Roofing Covers and membranes of different temporary venues will be recycled via Vinyloop . This allows to meet the standards of the Olympic Delivery Authority , concerning environmental protection. Through this recycling process, the Olympic Games PVC Policy is fulfilled. It says that Where London 2012 procures PVC for temporary usage or where permanent usage is not assured, London 2012 is required to ensure that there is a take-back scheme that offers a closed loop reuse system or mechanical recycling system for post-consumer waste.

"The majority of temporary facilities created for the Olympic Games including the Aquatic centre temporary stands, basketball arena, Water Polo Arena , and the shooting facilities at the Royal Artillery Barracks , are essentially big tents. Basically PVC stretched over lightweight steel frame. This design solution makes them efficient to install, reduces the need for any significant foundations and are, of course, reusable. We were challenged by the public around the use of PVC; but we considered it to be the right material for certain functions. We therefore challenged the PVC supply chain to have certain environmental performance criteria in place, including a take back and recycle scheme" says Kirsten Henson, Materials Manager for the London 2012 Olympic Park.

London 2012 are the first Olympic Games whose guidelines include the recycling of PVC.

CULTURAL OLYMPIAD

Main article: 2012 Cultural Olympiad Tower Bridge illuminated with the Olympic Rings during the week leading up to the Opening Ceremony

The Olympic Charter , the set of rules and guidelines for the organization of the Olympic Games and for governing the Olympic Movement, states that

LOCOG shall organise a programme of cultural events which must cover at least the entire period during which the Olympic Village is open.

The Cultural Olympiad comprises many programmes, with over 500 events spread over four years across the whole of the United Kingdom, and culminating in the London 2012 Festival .

OPENING CEREMONY

Main articles: 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony and 2012 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations Fireworks at the opening ceremony

The opening ceremony officially began at 9:00 pm British Summer Time (UTC+1) on 27 July in the Olympic Stadium and called "Isles of Wonder". Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle was its artistic director, with music direction by Rick Smith of Underworld .

The Games were officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II , accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh . It was the second Games the Queen had opened personally, the first being in 1976 in Montreal . The ceremony included a short comic film starring Daniel Craig as secret agent James Bond and the Queen as herself, and another starring Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean .

Live musical performers included Frank Turner , Dame Evelyn Glennie , Mike Oldfield , the London Symphony Orchestra , Dizzee Rascal , Arctic Monkeys , and Sir Paul McCartney who performed " Hey Jude " as the closing act. The ceremony transmitted live on BBC One attracted a peak viewing audience of over 27 million in the UK (about half of the population).

CLOSING CEREMONY

Main articles: 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony and 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony flag bearers

The closing ceremony was held on 12 August. It featured a flashback fiesta to British music with The Who closing the performance. The ceremony also included a handover of the Olympic flag by Boris Johnson , Mayor of London , to Eduardo Paes , Mayor of Rio de Janeiro , the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics .

THE GAMES

PARTICIPATING NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES

Around 10,700 athletes from 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) took part, (79 countries acquired at least one medal: gold, silver or bronze) surpassing the 1948 Summer Olympics in London and the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester as the largest multi-sport event ever to be held in the United Kingdom .

Three athletes from the Netherlands Antilles Olympic Committee , which the IOC Executive Committee had ceased to recognise at the IOC session of July 2011 , and one athlete from South Sudan , which had no recognized NOC, participated independently under the Olympic flag. Team sizes

300+ 100-299 30-99 10-29 4-9 1-3

PARTICIPATING NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES

* Afghanistan (6) * Albania (12) * Algeria (42) * American Samoa (5) * Andorra (6) * Angola (34) * Antigua and Barbuda (5) * Argentina (137) * Armenia (25) * Aruba (4) * Australia (410) * Austria (70) * Azerbaijan (53) * Bahamas (24) * Bahrain (12) * Bangladesh (5) * Barbados (6) * Belarus (165) * Belgium (115) * Belize (3) * Benin (5) * Bermuda (8) * Bhutan (2) * Bolivia (6) * Bosnia and Herzegovina (6) * Botswana (4) * Brazil (258) * British Virgin Islands (2) * Brunei (3) * Bulgaria (63) * Burkina Faso (5) * Burundi (6) * Cambodia (6) * Cameroon (33) * Canada (277) * Cape Verde (3) * Cayman Islands (5) * Central African Republic (6) * Chad (3) * Chile (35) * China (396) * Colombia (104) * Comoros (3) * Congo (7) * DR Congo (4) * Cook Islands (8) * Costa Rica (11) * Croatia (108) * Cuba (110) * Cyprus (13) * Czech Republic (133) * Denmark (113) * Djibouti (6) * Dominica (2) * Dominican Republic (35) * Ecuador (36) * Egypt (113) * El Salvador (10) * Equatorial Guinea (2) * Eritrea (12) * Estonia (33) * Ethiopia (35) * Fiji (9) * Finland (55) * France (330) * Gabon (24) * The Gambia (2) * Georgia (35) * Germany (392) * Ghana (9) * Great Britain (541) (HOST) * Greece (104) * Grenada (10) * Guam (8) * Guatemala (19) * Guinea (4) * Guinea-Bissau (4) * Guyana (6) * Haiti (5) * Honduras (27) * Hong Kong (42) * Hungary (157) * Iceland (27) * Independent Olympic Athletes (4) * India (83) * Indonesia (22) * Iran (53) * Iraq (8) * Ireland (66) * Israel (37) * Italy (285) * Côte d\'Ivoire (10) * Jamaica (50) * Japan (293) * Jordan (9) * Kazakhstan (114) * Kenya (47) * Kiribati (3) * North Korea (51) * South Korea (248) * Kuwait (11) * Kyrgyzstan (14) * Laos (3) * Latvia (46) * Lebanon (10) * Lesotho (4) * Liberia (4) * Libya (5) * Liechtenstein (3) * Lithuania (62) * Luxembourg (9) * Macedonia (4) * Madagascar (7) * Malawi (3) * Malaysia (30) * Maldives (5) * Mali (6) * Malta (5) * Marshall Islands (4) * Mauritania (2) * Mauritius (11) * Mexico (102) * Micronesia (6) * Moldova (22) * Monaco (6) * Mongolia (29) * Montenegro (33) * Morocco (67) * Mozambique (6) * Myanmar (6) * Namibia (9) * Nauru (2) * Nepal (5) * Netherlands (175) * New Zealand (184) * Nicaragua (6) * Niger (6) * Nigeria (55) * Norway (64) * Oman (4) * Pakistan (21) * Palau (5) * Palestine (5) * Panama (7) * Papua New Guinea (8) * Paraguay (8) * Peru (16) * Philippines (11) * Poland (218) * Portugal (77) * Puerto Rico (25) * Qatar (12) * Romania (103) * Russia (436) * Rwanda (7) * Saint Kitts and Nevis (7) * Saint Lucia (4) * Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (3) * Samoa (8) * San Marino (4) * São Tomé and Príncipe (2) * Saudi Arabia (19) * Senegal (31) * Serbia (116) * Seychelles (6) * Sierra Leone (2) * Singapore (23) * Slovakia (47) * Slovenia (65) * Solomon Islands (4) * Somalia (2) * South Africa (125) * Spain (282) * Sri Lanka (7) * Sudan (6) * Suriname (5) * Swaziland (3) * Sweden (134) * Switzerland (102) * Syria (10) * Chinese Taipei (44) * Tajikistan (16) * Tanzania (7) * Thailand (37) * Timor-Leste (2) * Togo (6) * Tonga (3) * Trinidad and Tobago (30) * Tunisia (83) * Turkey (114) * Turkmenistan (10) * Tuvalu (3) * Uganda (16) * Ukraine (237) * United Arab Emirates (26) * United States (530) * Uruguay (29) * Uzbekistan (54) * Vanuatu (5) * Venezuela (70) * Vietnam (18) * Virgin Islands (7) * Yemen (4) * Zambia (7) * Zimbabwe (7)

Number Of Athletes By National Olympic Committees (by Highest To Lowest)

IOC COUNTRY ATHLETES

GBR Great Britain 541

USA United States 530

RUS Russia 436

AUS Australia 410

CHN China 390

GER Germany 392

FRA France 330

JPN Japan 293

ITA Italy 284

ESP Spain 278

CAN Canada 277

BRA Brazil 258

KOR South Korea 245

UKR Ukraine 237

POL Poland 218

NZL New Zealand 184

NED Netherlands 175

BLR Belarus 165

HUN Hungary 157

ARG Argentina 137

SWE Sweden 134

CZE Czech Republic 133

RSA South Africa 125

BEL Belgium 115

SRB Serbia 115

KAZ Kazakhstan 114

TUR Turkey 114

DEN Denmark 113

EGY Egypt 113

CUB Cuba 110

CRO Croatia 108

COL Colombia 104

GRE Greece 103

ROU Romania 103

MEX Mexico 102

SUI Switzerland 102

IND India 83

TUN Tunisia 83

POR Portugal 77

AUT Austria 70

VEN Venezuela 70

MAR Morocco 67

IRL Ireland 66

SLO Slovenia 65

NOR Norway 64

BUL Bulgaria 63

LTU Lithuania 62

FIN Finland 55

NGR Nigeria 55

UZB Uzbekistan 54

AZE Azerbaijan 53

IRI Iran 53

PRK North Korea 51

JAM Jamaica 50

KEN Kenya 47

SVK Slovakia 47

LAT Latvia 46

TPE Chinese Taipei 44

ALG Algeria 42

HKG Hong Kong 42

ISR Israel 37

THA Thailand 37

ECU Ecuador 36

CHI Chile 35

DOM Dominican Republic 35

ETH Ethiopia 35

GEO Georgia 35

ANG Angola 34

CMR Cameroon 33

EST Estonia 33

MNE Montenegro 33

SEN Senegal 31

MAS Malaysia 30

TRI Trinidad and Tobago 30

MGL Mongolia 29

URU Uruguay 29

HON Honduras 27

ISL Iceland 27

UAE United Arab Emirates 26

ARM Armenia 25

PUR Puerto Rico 25

BAH Bahamas 24

GAB Gabon 24

SIN Singapore 23

INA Indonesia 22

MDA Moldova 22

PAK Pakistan 21

GUA Guatemala 19

KSA Saudi Arabia 19

VIE Vietnam 18

PER Peru 16

TJK Tajikistan 16

UGA Uganda 16

KGZ Kyrgyzstan 14

CYP Cyprus 13

ALB Albania 12

BRN Bahrain 12

ERI Eritrea 12

QAT Qatar 12

CRC Costa Rica 11

KUW Kuwait 11

MRI Mauritius 11

PHI Philippines 11

CIV Côte d\'Ivoire 10

ESA El Salvador 10

GRN Grenada 10

LIB Lebanon 10

SYR Syria 10

TKM Turkmenistan 10

FIJ Fiji 9

GHA Ghana 9

JOR Jordan 9

LUX Luxembourg 9

NAM Namibia 9

BER Bermuda 8

COK Cook Islands 8

GUM Guam 8

IRQ Iraq 8

PAR Paraguay 8

PNG Papua New Guinea 8

SAM Samoa 8

CGO Congo 7

ISV Virgin Islands 7

MAD Madagascar 7

PAN Panama 7

RWA Rwanda 7

SKN Saint Kitts and Nevis 7

SRI Sri Lanka 7

TAN Tanzania 7

ZAM Zambia 7

ZIM Zimbabwe 7

AFG Afghanistan 6

AND Andorra 6

BAR Barbados 6

BDI Burundi 6

BIH Bosnia and Herzegovina 6

BOL Bolivia 6

CAF Central African Republic 6

CAM Cambodia 6

DJI Djibouti 6

FSM Micronesia 6

GUY Guyana 6

MLI Mali 6

MON Monaco 6

MOZ Mozambique 6

MYA Myanmar 6

NCA Nicaragua 6

NIG Niger 6

SEY Seychelles 6

SUD Sudan 6

TOG Togo 6

ANT Antigua and Barbuda 5

ASA American Samoa 5

BAN Bangladesh 5

BEN Benin 5

BUR Burkina Faso 5

CAY Cayman Islands 5

HAI Haiti 5

LBA Libya 5

MDV Maldives 5

MLT Malta 5

NEP Nepal 5

PLE Palestine 5

PLW Palau 5

SUR Suriname 5

VAN Vanuatu 5

ARU Aruba 4

BOT Botswana 4

COD DR Congo 4

GBS Guinea-Bissau 4

GUI Guinea 4

IOA Independent Olympic Athletes 4

LBR Liberia 4

LCA Saint Lucia 4

LES Lesotho 4

MHL Marshall Islands 4

MKD Macedonia 4

OMA Oman 4

SMR San Marino 4

SOL Solomon Islands 4

YEM Yemen 4

BIZ Belize 3

BRU Brunei 3

CHA Chad 3

COM Comoros 3

CPV Cape Verde 3

KIR Kiribati 3

LAO Laos 3

LIE Liechtenstein 3

MAW Malawi 3

SWZ Swaziland 3

TGA Tonga 3

TUV Tuvalu 3

VIN Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3

BHU Bhutan 2

DMA Dominica 2

GAM The Gambia 2

GEQ Equatorial Guinea 2

IVB British Virgin Islands 2

MTN Mauritania 2

NRU Nauru 2

SLE Sierra Leone 2

SOM Somalia 2

STP São Tomé and Príncipe 2

TLS Timor-Leste 2

TOTAL 10,768

National Houses

The Holland Heineken House , the Dutch home in Alexandra Palace .

During the Games some countries and continents had a national house. These temporary meeting places for supporters, athletes and other followers were located throughout London.

NATION LOCATION NAME

Africa Kensington Gardens

Austria Trinity House

Belgium Inner Temple

Brazil Somerset House

Czech Republic Business Design Centre in Islington

Denmark St Katherine Docks

France Old Billingsgate Club France

Germany Museum of London Docklands

Ireland The Big Chill House

Italy Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

Japan London County Hall

Jamaica The O2

Kenya East Thames in Stratford

Korea Royal Thames Yacht Club

Monaco Haymarket

Netherlands Alexandra Palace Holland Heineken House

New Zealand Granary Square , Kings Cross Kiwi House

Nigeria Theatre Royal Stratford East

Russia Perks Field , Kensington Palace

Slovakia 80 Haymarket

South Africa Queen Elizabeth Hall

South Pacific St Katharine Docks

Switzerland Glazier\'s Hall

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* Aquatics

* Diving (8) * Swimming (34) * Synchronized swimming (2) * Water polo (2)

* Archery (4) * Athletics (47) * Badminton (5) * Basketball (2) * Boxing (13)

* Canoeing

* Sprint (12) * Slalom (4)

* Cycling (competitors )

* BMX (2) * Mountain biking (2) * Road (4) * Track (10)

* Equestrian

* Dressage (2) * Eventing (2) * Jumping (2)

* Fencing (10) * Field hockey (2) * Football (2)

* Gymnastics

* Artistic (14) * Rhythmic (2) * Trampoline (2)

* Handball (2) * Judo (14) * Modern pentathlon (2) * Rowing (14) * Sailing (10)

* Shooting (15) * Table tennis (4) * Taekwondo (8) * Tennis (5) * Triathlon (2)

* Volleyball

* Volleyball (2) * Beach volleyball (2)

* Weightlifting (15)

* Wrestling

* Freestyle (11) * Greco-Roman (7)

Women's boxing was included in the programme for the first time, and 36 women competed in three weight classes. There was a special dispensation for the shooting events, which would otherwise have been illegal under UK gun law . In tennis, mixed doubles returned to the Olympic programme for the first time since 1924.

London's bid featured the same 28 sports that had been included in other recent Summer Olympics, but the IOC voted to drop baseball and softball from the 2012 Games two days after it had selected London as the host city. There was an appeal, but the IOC voted to uphold the decision, and the two sports were last scheduled for the 2008 Olympics . The IOC then voted on whether or not to replace them. They considered karate , squash , golf , roller sports and rugby sevens . Karate and squash were the two final nominees, but neither received enough votes to reach the required two-thirds majority.

Although formal demonstration sports were eliminated after the 1992 Summer Olympics, special tournaments for non- Olympic sports can be run during the Games, such as the Wushu tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics. There were attempts to run Twenty20 cricket and netball tournaments alongside the 2012 Games, but neither campaign was successful.

CALENDAR

_All times are in British Summer Time ( UTC+1 )_ See also: Chronological summary of the 2012 Summer Olympics

The final official schedule was released on 15 February 2011.

OC Opening ceremony ● Event competitions 1 Event finals CC Closing ceremony

JULY / AUGUST 25 Wed 26 Thu 27 Fri 28 Sat 29 Sun 30 Mon 31 Tue 1 Wed 2 Thu 3 Fri 4 Sat 5 Sun 6 Mon 7 Tue 8 Wed 9 Thu 10 Fri 11 Sat 12 Sun EVENTS

Ceremonies

OC

CC

Archery

● 1 1 ● ● ● 1 1

4

Athletics

2 6 6 5 4 4 5 6 8 1 47

Badminton

● ● ● ● ● ● 1 2 2

5

Basketball

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 1 1 2

Boxing

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 3 ● 5 5 13

Canoeing

● ● 1 1 2

● ● 4 4 ● 4

16

Cycling

1 1

2 2 2 1 1 1 3 ● ● 2 1 1 18

Diving

1 1 1 1

● ● 1 ● 1 ● 1 ● 1

8

Equestrian

● ● ● 2

● ● ● ● 1 1 1 1

6

Fencing

1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1

10

Field hockey

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 1 1

2

Football ● ●

● ●

● ●

● ●

● ●

1 ● 1

2

Gymnastics

● ● 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 3 4

● ● 1 1 18

Handball

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 1 1 2

Judo

2 2 2 2 2 2 2

14

Modern pentathlon

1 1 2

Rowing

● ● ● ● 3 3 4 4

14

Sailing

● ● ● ● ● ● ● 2 2 2 1

2 1

10

Shooting

2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2

15

Swimming

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

1 1

34

Synchronized swimming

● ● 1

● 1

2

Table tennis

● ● ● ● 1 1 ● ● ● ● 1 1

4

Taekwondo

2 2 2 2

8

Tennis

● ● ● ● ● ● ● 2 3

5

Triathlon

1

1

2

Volleyball

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 1 1 ● 1 1 4

Water polo

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 1 ●

1 2

Weightlifting

1 2 2 2 2

2 1 1 1 1

15

Wrestling

2 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 18

TOTAL EVENT FINALS

12 14 12 15 20 18 22 25 23 18 21 16 22 17 32 15 302

CUMULATIVE TOTAL

12 26 38 53 73 91 113 138 161 179 200 216 238 255 287 302

JULY / AUGUST 25 Wed 26 Thu 27 Fri 28 Sat 29 Sun 30 Mon 31 Tue 1 Wed 2 Thu 3 Fri 4 Sat 5 Sun 6 Mon 7 Tue 8 Wed 9 Thu 10 Fri 11 Sat 12 Sun EVENTS

RECORDS

Main article: World and Olympic records set at the 2012 Summer Olympics Mo Farah with Usain Bolt .

The Olympic Games featured 32 world records in eight sports. The largest number of records were set in swimming, with eight. China, Great Britain and the United States set the most records, with five each.

MEDAL TABLE

Main article: 2012 Summer Olympics medal table Further information: List of 2012 Summer Olympics medal winners

A total of 85 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) won medals, 54 of those countries winning at least one gold medal. Bahrain , Botswana , Cyprus , Gabon , Grenada (a gold medal), Guatemala , and Montenegro won their first ever Olympic medals. The United States finished at the top of the table winning 46 gold medals and winning 103 medals overall. China finished second with 38 gold medals and 88 medals overall. Hosts Great Britain came in third place winning 29 gold medals and 65 medals overall in their best performance since London hosted its first Summer Olympic Games back in 1908 pushing Russia into fourth place who won 20 gold medals although they won 70 medals (5 more than Great Britain ) overall.

2012 Summer Olympics medal table RANK NOC GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL

1 _ UNITED STATES (USA)‡ 46 28 29 103

2 CHINA (CHN)‡ 38 29 21 88

3 GREAT BRITAIN (GBR)* 29 17 19 65

4 RUSSIA (RUS)‡ 20 18 31 69

5 SOUTH KOREA (KOR)‡ 13 9 8 30

6 GERMANY (GER) 11 19 14 44

7 FRANCE (FRA)‡ 11 11 13 35

8 AUSTRALIA (AUS)‡ 8 15 12 35

9 ITALY (ITA) 8 9 11 28

10 HUNGARY (HUN)‡ 8 4 6 18

11–85 REMAINING NOCS _ 106 141 189 436

TOTAL (85 NOCS) 300 299 355 954

Key

* Host nation (Great Britain) ‡ See subpage : Changes in medal standings

BROADCASTING

Main article: List of 2012 Summer Olympics broadcasters The International Broadcast Centre in June 2011

The host broadcaster was Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), an agency of the IOC. The OBS used its own cameras, and crews subcontracted from other Olympic broadcasters, to cover the events. The base video and audio were sold to other broadcasters, who added their own commentary and presentation.

The official recording format of the 2012 Olympic Games used Panasonic 's digital technologies. The official video was produced and distributed from the International Broadcast Centre in 1080/50i High-Definition (HD) format. Panasonic announced that DVCPRO HD would be the official recording format. OBS London used P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorders.

The IOC's wanted television coverage to reach as broad a worldwide audience as possible, and London 2012 was covered by several national and regional broadcasters. In the UK, the BBC carried the Olympics and Channel 4 the Paralympics. The BBC aimed to broadcast all 5,000 hours of the Games. BBC Parliament 's Freeview channel was suspended, BBC Three 's on-air time was extended so that it could show Olympic events in the daytime, and 24 additional BBC Olympics channels were available via cable, satellite and the internet in the UK.

The US television rights, owned by NBC , accounted for over half the rights revenue for the IOC. Thousands of Americans, however, accessed the BBC's omnibus coverage using proxy servers or VPNs . Despite high viewership, many viewers were disappointed with NBC's coverage. The operations of broadcasters granted rights to the Games were hosted in the dedicated International Broadcast Centre inside the security cordon of the Olympic Park. YouTube planned to stream the Games in 64 territories in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa where there were no official broadcasters.

In Sri Lanka a dispute occurred between Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) and MBC Networks (MTV/MBC) as to who was the official broadcaster of the Games. This problem was caused as Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) had offered the official broadcasting rights to both networks, as both of the networks were ABU members. So SLRC filed a case against MBC Networks for broadcasting rights at the Colombo Magistrate's Court. Considering the case, the court issued a special court order preventing MBC Networks' Olympic broadcast and stated that SLRC should be the sole broadcaster. However, when the Games started, both networks broadcast most of the events simultaneously. Another dispute had previously occurred between Carlton Sports Network (CSN) and SLRC, but the Sports Minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, had stated that SLRC had the exclusive rights.

MARKETING

Main article: 2012 Summer Olympics marketing

"Survival " by Muse was announced as the official song of the Olympics, to be played by international broadcasters reporting on the Games. In August 2009, the Royal Mail commissioned artists and illustrators to design 30 stamps, which were released in batches of 10 between 2009 and 2011. The last ones were released on 22 July 2011. Two £5 coins designed by Saiman Miah have been made to commemorate the Olympics. As with other Olympics since 1952, the Royal Mint will strike a set of commemorative one-kilogram gold and silver coins.

LOGO AND GRAPHICS

There have been two London 2012 logos: one created by Kino Design for the bidding process and a second as the brand for the Games themselves. The former was a ribbon with blue, yellow, black, green and red stripes winding through the text "LONDON 2012", making the shape of the River Thames in East London. The latter, designed by Wolff Olins , was published on 4 June 2007. It is a representation of the number 2012, with the Olympic Rings embedded within the zero. The Paralympics logo (far left) and the different official colour combinations for the Wolff Olins main logo design

Public reaction to the main logo in a June 2007 BBC poll was largely negative; more than 80% of votes gave it the lowest possible rating. Several newspapers ran their own logo competitions, displaying alternative submissions from their readers, and several writers from news agencies criticised the logo. A segment of animated footage released at the same time as the logo was reported to trigger seizures in a small number of people with photosensitive epilepsy , and a short segment was removed from the London 2012 website in response. It was suggested that the logo resembled the cartoon character Lisa Simpson performing fellatio on her brother Bart Simpson . In February 2011, Iran threatened to boycott the Olympics, complaining that the logo appeared to spell out the word " Zion ". However, this boycott did not occur.

The official London 2012 Olympic typeface was called Headline 2012 and also suffered some criticism. Journalist Simon Garfield made it number 1 in the list of the "8 Worst Fonts in the World" in his 2010 book _ Just My Type _, commenting that "the uncool font is based on jaggedness and crudeness", although he conceded that it was "a brilliant piece of corporate branding". The magazine _Wired _ pointed out that the typeface was intended for "awareness, impact and memorability as a headline typeface" rather than elegance or readability in long sections of text.

MASCOTS

Main article: Wenlock and Mandeville The Olympic Mascots, Mandeville (left) and Wenlock (right)

The official mascots for the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic 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 after Much Wenlock , a town in Shropshire that holds a forerunner of the current Olympic Games , and Stoke Mandeville , a village in Buckinghamshire where a forerunner of the Paralympic Games was first held. The writer Michael Morpurgo wrote the story concept for the mascots, and an animation was produced. Two stories have been created about the mascots: _Out Of A Rainbow_ and _Adventures On A Rainbow_.

_ Creative Review _ magazine liked the mascots, but elsewhere their design was greeted with some disdain. One columnist jested that they were the product of a "drunken one-night stand between a Teletubby and a Dalek ". Others have compared them to Izzy , the much disparaged mascot of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics . Still others have likened them to Kang and Kodos from _ The Simpsons _. However, the mascots' creators claim that young people find the duo appealing.

_CHARIOTS OF FIRE_

The 1981 Best Picture Oscar –winning film _ Chariots of Fire _, which tells the story of two British athletes in the 1924 Olympics , was a recurring theme in promotions for the 2012 Olympics. A digitally re-mastered version of _Chariots of Fire_ was released on 13 July 2012 and screened in over 100 UK cinemas as part of the celebrations, and a 2012 stage adaptation ran in London theatres from 9 May 2012 to 5 January 2013. The film's theme tune was performed during the Opening Ceremony by the London Symphony Orchestra , conducted by Simon Rattle . The performance was accompanied by a comedic skit by Rowan Atkinson , which included the opening beach-running footage from the film. A new orchestration of the film's theme tune was played during each medal presentation of the Games.

SPONSORS

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