The 2012 Olympics, being hosted in London, England this year, is set to begin Friday, July 27, 2012 and go through August 12, 2012. The famous London Tower’s Bridge is now displaying the symbolic multi-colored five circles, representing the Olympic Rings. It marks the upcoming event. Everyone is gearing up and making plans. Coordinators are finalizing the details such as times and dates and who will compete when. Spectators and fans are downloading apps on their SmartPhones so they can be kept up-to-date on the latest news surrounding this awesome annual event.
The opening ceremony kicks off on July 27th with a showcase of the best atheletes of the Host Country, which this year is England. A parade with all the competing nations and the Olympic Flame and the Cauldron will be featured during the opening ceremony.
The UK is full of beautiful architecture which will be seen throughout the coverage the 2012 Olympics. Danny Boyle, Artistic Director, and his team will open the world to the cultural and artistic expressions illustrated in the sculptures and buildings throughout the UK. Fewer continents are more breath-
taking than the UK. The ceremony will kick off with the ringing of the European bell. Her Majesty the Queen will make an appearance to signify this special event.
After the parade concludes, there will be speeches made by the chair and coordinators of the Olympics, Seb Coe and Jacques Rogge. The Olympic anthem and flag for each nation will then be displayed. The national anthem for each country will be broadcasted while the respective flag for that nation is proudly flown over head. Oaths will be collected by the judges. And, as traditionally happens, the torch is passed through the athletes and presented to the final one who will light the caldron with the torch, marking the start of the Olympic Games. The light from the cauldron will continue throughout the entirety of the 2012 Olympics.
An estimated four billion people will watch the 15,000 participants who will be in the Opening Ceremony.
Danny Boyle is a well known British filmmaker who has won the Academy Award for Best Director for his production of such movies such as Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours. Bradley Hemmings and Jenny Sealey are part of his creative team this year for the Olympics.
Although subject to change, Archery is the first sport which will be featured on July 27th. All four archery events will take place on this opening day, men’s and women’s both individual and team play. The athlete to watch for in the archery events is Korean athlete Im Dong-Hyun who has broken two world records.
On Saturday July 28th there will be a total of 19 sports participating that day including seven medal events. The medal events held on July 28th will be archery, cycling, fencing, Judo, shooting, swimming and wrestling.
Good luck to all athletes and all coaches on all teams in all countries! Everyone is proud of each and every athlete and prayers go to all for safe and fruitful accomplishments. This year will prove to be a great year for the 2012 Olympics.