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London Olympics 2012 Interesting Facts and Trivia

  • The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will take place in London from 27th July to 12th August 2012, followed by the 2012 Paralympic Games from 29th August to 9th September 2012. Around 205 nations are expected to take part in 300 events at the Olympic Games and 147 nations will take part in the Paralympic Games.
  • The Opening ceremony will be held on 27 July 2012 and will be called "The Isles of Wonder". The games will be officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
  • The 2012 London Olympics has its own mascot: the one-eyed "Wenlock.", with colorful friendship bands, a stadium roof shaped face and a headlight on its head.
  • The 2012 London Olympics is aiming to be the greenest Olympics yet. With a million new trees are planted and spectators will arrive by Tube rather than car and massive recycling projects will be carried on during the games.
  • The London 2012 Festival will also be running simultaneously featuring 12,000 events and performances at 900 venues across the United Kingdom. With more than 25,000 artists from around the world will come together from 21st June to 9th September to celebrate 2012 London Olympics and is the biggest festival the UK.
  • The use of energy-efficient technology is one of the key features of 2012 London Olympics. A foot-powered lighting system is used for one of the main path into the Olympic Park which will be lit round the clock by the footsteps of million spectators.
  • Every ticket will feature a sport pictogram and a color scheme that will represent the venue to help spectators locate their destination. Along with the tickets a Games Travel Card and Spectator Guide will be provided.
  • 2012 London Olympics launches its free official app. Key features include complete listings of events across UK, photos, Olympic Torch Relay route details and information, spectator information and interactive maps. Another free London 2012 Results app is launched that will provide all the latest news, schedules and results for every Olympic and Paralympic event.
  • Thousands of spectators will be able to enjoy live sporting action on giant screens presented by British Airways in the Olympic Park. Along with that the Park will feature other activities including live entertainment and short films.
  • The Active Travel programme has introduced free cycle parking and guided walks to venues to help spectators get to the London 2012 Olympic Games. An improved map of the London Cycle Guide for the Olympic Park and surrounding area are also provided.
2008 Trivia:
  • In order to fend off wet weather, 1,104 rain-dispersing rockets were fired into the skies before the opening ceremony in Beijing on 8th August. This is the first time this technology was used at such a high-profile event.
  • On the very first day of the Games, Greek sprinter Tassos Gousis was sent home after tests proved positive for a prohibited performance drug.
  • First gold of the Games was won by Katherine Emmons of the Czech Republic (Women's 10m air rifle).
  • India won its first ever Olympic gold medal in individual events. (Abhinav Bindra, 10m air rifles).
  • The lowest age for an Olympic participant is 16. Gymnastics is the area in which largest number of controversies related to lowest age crop up.
  • More controversies surround female gymnasts than their male counterparts.
  • Usain Bolt of Jamaica, the fastest man ever on earth, had the second worst start among 8 finalists in terms of reaction time (0.165 sec), when he started off his final run on 16th August 2008. He could get a lead over others after the first 40 meters. Seeing that he's unchallenged he relaxed in the last 20 meters, waving his hands and looking on both sides, which is unheard of in 100 meter race. Yet, he could clinch the title and create a world record.