London 2012: Looking Back

A recap of the London 2012 Olympic Games and a way to recapture the magic and glory of the XXX Olympiad. From the Opening Ceremony to the gold medal winners, the athletes to the venues in which they competed, the medal tallies to the glittering legacy of the Games that will live on all the way to Rio 2016... I felt particularly inspired by the London 2012 Olympics, so much so that I wanted to write something special to remember it by. Hope you enjoy it!

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4. Venues

 The Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Stadium is undoubtedly an intrinsic part of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as it will be the host of all four Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as being the venue for what are probably some of the most iconic Games events. Designed by Populous, it has a capacity of 80,000 and construction began in May 2008, with the finishing touches being added within three years, March 2011. After the Games, the Stadium will host many different sporting and cultural events including the 2015 IAAF World Championships.

The Aquatics Centre

One of the permanent venues constructed for London 2012 is the Aquatics Centre, home of the swimming, synchronised swimming, diving and bits of the Modern Pentathlon. Designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, it took approximately three years to build with construction starting in July 2008 and ending in July 2011. With a capacity of 17,500, the venue will be transformed into a public swimming pool and will welcome an anticipated 800,000 visitors a year after the Games.

Velodrome

The Velodrome is one of the most sustainable and iconic venues of the London 2012 Games and is hosting the track cycling events. With a capacity for 6,000 spectators, the Velodrome was one of the first venues to be completed, having begun construction in March 2009 and finishing in February 2011. It is also worth noting that this venue won an Architectural Award in April 2012 at an awards ceremony hosted by the Design Museum.

 

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