Dazzling London 2012

The amazing 80,000 seat stadium at London 2012 is the lightest Olympic stadium ever built, due to its innovative design.  Not only was the entire Olympic village stunning, but the event mesmerised and wowed the world.  The breathtaking Games surpassed all others in splendour and excitement. Circling the stadium, fourteen lighting towers, with HD freeze-frame television coverage, captured the sporting spectacle. An estimated two billion people watched live in anticipation as Usain Bolt won the 100 metre final.  But, Bolt's 200 metre sprint for Jamaica was the most tweeted topic during the Games, with 80,000 tweets per minute.  

The supporting structure of the roof was formed from 2,500 tonnes of steel tubing which were recycled from old gas pipelines. After the Games the permanent, lower tier, which holds 25,000 people will remain, but the upper tier of 55,000 seats will be dismantled and removed.


Work in progress on the Olympic village earlier this year...

It's hard to believe but the 17,500 seat Aquatics Centre stands on what was once a scrap metal site with one of the biggest fridge mountains in Europe. After the Games most of the seats, which have been built in temporary stands, will be removed to leave a fantastic, sleek swimming pool for use by the local community, schools, clubs and athletes.



The awe-inspiring Olympic rings like you've never seen them before...

London party...

I'll certainly miss the amazing London Olympics.  But, there's more action to enjoy from 29 August till 9 September in the Paralympic Games with 147 nations taking part.  Around 4,200 athletes with some form of disability will compete in 503 events covering 21 sports...


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