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The London 2012 Olympic Games

  • London will be hosting the 2012 Summer Olympic Games from 27 July to 12 August 2012.
  • London becomes the first city to host the games at least thrice.
  • London was selected as the host city on 6 July 2005 during the 117th IOC Session Session in Singapore.
  • The games are officially called the 'Games of the XXX Olympiad'.
  • The games branding logo is a representation of the number 2012, with the Olympic Rings embedded within the zero.
  • The Opening ceremony of 2012 Summer Olympics will be called 'The Isles of Wonder'.
  • Danny Boyle will be the artistic director for the spectacular opening ceremony.
  • Athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are expected to participate.
  • Competitions in 26 sports and a total of 39 disciplines will be held at the games.
  • After the 2012 Summer Olympics, the next olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016.
  • A 200-hectre old industrial site at Stratford in the east of London is the location where an all-new Olympic Park was built.
  • 'Inspire a Generation' is the official slogan.
  • 10,500 athletes from 197 nations are participating in the games.
  • Olympic game venues in London are divided into three zones - Olympic Zone, the River Zone and the Central Zone.
  • Unpaid volunteers who help in the games work are known as Games Makers.
  • A countdown clock in Trafalgar Square was unveiled, 500 days before the games.
  • Wenlock and Mandeville are the official mascot of the games.
  • The official mascots are released on May 19, 2010 along with the 2012 Paralympic Games mascots making it the second time (after Vancouver) in Olympic history that both the mascots are released at the same time.
  • The Royal Mint made approximately 4700 medals for Olympic and Paralympic medals. The medals are designed by David Watkins (Olympics) and Lin Cheung (Paralympics).
  • The Royal Mail released 30 stamps, each featuring an Olympic or a Paraolympic sport, to commemorate the games.
  • Two £5 coins have been made to mark London 2012 Olympics.
  • The Olympics torch relay runs from 19 May to 27 July 2012, before the games.
  • The closing ceremony of the games will be held on 12 August 2012.
  • "Survival", a single released by the English band Muse, will be the official song of the Olympics.
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