Category Archives: London Olympics 2012

London 2012 Team Parade

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London 2012 parade: one last hurrah for Olympic and Paralympic star.

Athletes revel in two-mile celebratory trip through London.

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It was “mindblowing”, it was “crazy”, it was “insane”. The athletes who brought home 185 medals and inspired hundreds of thousands of people to flood the streets of London struggled to find the words to describe a celebratory trip of just under two miles that was the end of a rather longer journey for most of them.

It was, as London mayor Boris Johnson put it – in a show-stealing speech on the Mall that again left the prime minister, David Cameron, in the shade – the “final tear-sodden sundering climax” to Britain’s Olympic summer. ‘You brought this country together.’

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Video: London 2012: Victory Parade Highlights

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Mo Farah Running Away From Things

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If you are anything like me, you were glued to your TV in early August, watching with excitement as athletes all over the world competed in the Olympics. This year, British Track and Field athlete Mo Farah is one of those competitors who wowed the world. He made Olympic history by winning two gold medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m races and the athlete says, “I won the second gold on Saturday night and it became a blur after that. It all went crazy. I was so over the moon that I felt like I’d never come down.”

Farah is known as the UK’s finest ever distance runner and the world has quickly fallen in love with such an inspiring athlete. Mo Farah Running Away From Things is a blog described as “a tribute to team GB’s double olympic gold medalist Mo Farah for being a true Olympic legend and inspiring a nation.” The site was bound to happen, I mean Farah’s expression as he won the 10,000m finals is evidence of an insanely excited and stunned man who worked insanely hard to have these dreams come true.

His expression, digitally captured at the perfect moment, has fans across the world creating funny, good-natured images of Farah, running away from things including a sea of brides, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the movie Ghostbusters, and all kinds of other inventive scenes. Any ideas are welcome as long as they are a friendly tribute to Farah’s Olympic success.

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London 2012: The Closing Ceremony by Pictures

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On Sunday night here in London, the Olympic Games ended with closing ceremonies that reminded the world that, yes, a lot of popular music has come from Britain.

London was never going to out-Beijing Beijing, and the wisest decision was not even to attempt it. Instead, the organizers of London 2012 decided that Beijing could not out-Britain Britain, and that there was something of value for the Olympic movement and the world in that distinction.

The past 17 days have proven them right.

They have proven that the Olympics did come to their spiritual home in Britain – where rowing and fencing and tennis, not to mention the sporting ideals that underlie the entire Olympic movement, began.

They have proven that their city’s history and charm was more than enough to compensate for the lack of signature venue like the Bird’s Nest or Water Cube. Could any other city match the scenes at Horse Guards Parade or Wimbledon or the Mall?

But more than any of these things, London 2012 has proven, beyond the remotest doubt, that much if not most of Britain truly did want these Olympics in the end. Not for national pride, though that was in present in good regulation, but because it was a bloody brilliant time to be British.

“These were happy and glorious Games,” said International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge at the closing ceremonies, quoting a line from the British national anthem.

Closing Ceremony 360 picture

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Now we wait four more years to see what Rio will bring us.

Theme song of Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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Olympic Rings Infography

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Brazilian artist Gustavo Sousa has reinterpreted the five Olympic rings as a series of infographics, comparing statistics across the five continents on his Tumblr oceaniaeuropeamericasafricaasia.

Statistical data according to this legend: (Oceania: blue, Europe: Black America: Red, Africa : yellow, Asia: green).

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Sousa has also made a video version, which sees the rings morph into each infographic in a rather pleasing way.

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2012 London Olympic Flame

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Back on the impressive Olympic torch that was lit during the opening ceremony on July 27. The design and structure of this flame have been designed by Thomas Heatherwick, and consists of 204 brass petals representing the nations present at the Games London Olympics.

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Olympic Logo A Day

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London based graphic designer Sarah Hyndman has completed her year-long project, Olympic Logo a Day, photographs objects arranged in groups of five to look like the Olympic rings.

Take a 1m 49s whizz through 366 remakings of the rings in this project finale movie:

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London 2012: The Opening Ceremony by Pictures

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2012 Summer Olympics kicked off with a huge Opening Ceremony in London’s new Olympic Stadium, an event watched on television by an estimated 1 billion viewers. Performances paid tribute to British heritage and culture, from agrarian beginnings through pop culture successes like the Beatles and J.K. Rowling. Contingents from more than 200 nations marched in the athletes parade, and the evening was capped off by the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, a performance by Paul McCartney, and a huge fireworks display. Collected below is just a glimpse ceremony, as the 2012 Olympics are now underway.

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Olympic Vermin

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Olympic Vermin is a short film made by London-based animation company Beakus. It follows a community of urban animals carrying their version of the Olympic torch (which starts off a cigarette and ends up a sparkler) through the capital’s rubbish-strewn streets. Traversing roads, canals and even the tube, this is a clever, witty comment on the concept of Olympic inclusivity.

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London 2012 Olympics by numbers

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It’s here. The greatest show on Earth.

Seven years ago, Dame Kelly Holmes and Steve Cram bounced around Trafalgar Square upon hearing the news that London had been awarded the Olympic Games.

And now the time has come. Things came full circle yesterday when the Olympic torch was welcomed to Trafalgar Square by thousands of people.

A winning start for Great Britain’s women’s football team and a Korean flag foul-up aside, the Games begin properly tonight with the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

Film director Danny Boyle’s vision for the event may have looked like the set of Postman Pat when it was unveiled in model form last month, but reports from the dress rehearsals have been positive. Amazingly in this technological age, the event has become the best kept secret in Britain.

Tonight’s ceremony will set in motion more than two weeks of sporting action. Medals will be won, records will be broken, tears will be shed, toys will be thrown out of the pram and the sun will shine. Okay, perhaps one of those things cannot be guaranteed.

Away from the track, the field, the pool and the arenas, other questions will be answered too. After weeks of criticism of the handling of Olympic security, will things run smoothly? Will London’s transport system cope with one million extra people?

Whatever happens over the next few weeks, the world will be watching.

Let the Games begin.

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