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Olympics Rings Hanging Round London
June 27, 2012

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It's beginning to look a lot more like the Olympics all around London.

The latest decoration was the mounting of a giant set of Olympic rings to hang off the Tower Bridge. The rings stretch 82 feet wide and 37 feet tall and provide a picturesque view of the famed bridge over the River Thames.

Signs sporting the official Olympic colors — black, blue, green, red, and yellow — are all around the city, on city buildings, light posts, and other public areas. In the past few weeks, other cities have mounted similar sets of rings in public places.

Construction on most sporting venues is complete. One notable exception is the beach volleyball venue, which is still being completed because of delays associated with the celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth II's birthday and Diamond Jubilee. The volleyball arena, on the Mall near Buckingham Palace, will hold 15,000 seats and more than 4,000 tons of sand.

Also announced was the official song of this year's Games. It is "Survival," by the British rock trio Muse. The song will be played as athletes enter the various venues and before all medal ceremonies. Band members were also part of the Olympic Torch Relay, bearing the Flame through their hometown of Teignmouth, England, in Mary.

The Games run from July 27 to August 12.

The Opening Ceremonies, on July 27, and the Closing Ceremonies, on August 12, will bookend a total of 302 medal events in 26 sports. The full schedule is here.

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