The 2012 Olympic Games
in London

British Man to Give Athletes 4th Place Medals
August 5, 2012
The Olympics organizers hand out medals to the top three finishers, following a well established tradition. Now, a British man is making a case for fourth place.

Olympic Athletes Descend on London
July 16, 2012
Athletes and their families began arriving by the hundreds at the Olympic Village, as London's Heathrow Airport absorbed its busiest day ever.

Olympics Traffic Lanes Open around London
July 15, 2012
Games Lanes are now open. The lanes, marked by paint featuring the familiar motif of the Olympics rings, extend for 30 miles in and around London.

Saudia Arabia Grants Women Right to Compete in Olympics
July 12, 2012
Each nation competing in this year's Olympic Games will send male and female athletes. This was in doubt until Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on female participants.

Olympic Flame Begins Journey to London
May 11, 2012
The Olympic Torch Relay has begun. At the Temple of Hera at Olympia, site and namesake of the ancient Olympics, an actress dressed as a high priestess used a mirror to transfer the Sun's rays into a flame, lighting the Olympic Torch.

Olympic Torch Relay Road-tested
April 22, 2012
A few hundred people took part in a one-day test of the Olympic Torch Relay. The testers included both crew and torch-carriers, among them more than 100 students and some attendees of the Royal College of the Blind.

James Bond to Open Olympics at Queen's Request
April 4, 2012
The Queen of England and Daniel Craig are teaming up to help launch the London Olympics. Organizers of the Games say that Craig, currently playing super spy James Bond in the movies, will star in a short film called "The Arrival," which features Queen Elizabeth II inviting Bond to Buckingham Palace to engage his help in opening the Games.

Britons Asked to Grow Home-country Flowers to Support Olympic Athletes
March 3, 2012
Organizers of the London Olympics are asking Britons to show their support for the Games and for home-country athletes by planting flowers and vegetables in the national colors.

Olympic Flame Schedule Revealed
February 3, 2012
Organizers of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games have announced initial details for the journey of the Olympic Flame. The traditional torch-lighting ceremony at the Temple of Hera in Olympia will begin the proceedings, on May 10. During the next eight days, runners and walkers will carry the Flame around Greece. Then, it's off to the United Kingdom, on a plane.

Olympics Security Detail, Ticket Problems Multiply
January 16, 2012
The security exercises are increasing, as are the ticketing headaches. London's Metropolitan Police, in partnership with the Royal Marines, will soon begin security exercises on the River Thames. More than 100 security personnel will be involved. Meanwhile, the online system for ticket resale will re-open this week, after a set of first-day difficulties resulted in few matches between buyers and sellers.

Olympics Visitors Can Rent Royal Rooms
November 14, 2011
Those attending the 2012 Olympics now have the opportunity to avail themselves of some choice accommodations, thanks to Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch has let it be known that some of the rooms in St. James's Palace will be available for rent for the London Olympic Games

London Launches Yearlong Security Program for Olympics
July 5, 2011
Mindful of terrorist threats, police in Britain have launched a comprehensive program of security testing, to last through the 2012 London Olympics.

Philharmonic to Play Olympic Anthems; Londoners Urged to Change Commuting Habits
April 17, 2011
Organizers of the London Olympics have announced that the London Philarmonic Orchestra will soon record the national anthems of all 205 countries sending athletes to the Games.

Ride on: First Venue Complete for London Olympics
February 21, 2011
The London Olympics has announced that the first sporting venue is complete and ready to go for the 2012 Games. That honor goes to the velodrome, the cycling arena that has 6,000 seats and is what British fans hopes is a world record-setting track that is friendly to the home country's squad.

2012 London Olympics Reveal Schedule
February 15, 2011
Organizers of the London Olympics have released the competition schedule, a month before tickets are to go on sale for all events. 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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