The London 2012 Olympics are fast approaching and for fans travelling over to London now is the time to get your plans in order. Last time we outlined ticketing information and possible travel packages. Now we’ll take a look at several of the Olympic venues and the specific sports that each will be hosting.
The Olympics begin on July 27th and run through August 12th. They will be followed by the Paralympic Games August 29th through September 9th.Over the course of these four weeks, athletes from all over the world will compete in 26 different sports. It would be impossible to take in all of them, so preparation beforehand is absolutely necessary.
Gymnastics is always one of the most popular events during the summer games. Three different disciplines will take place in London. Rhythmic Gymnastics, which incorporates dance, will be held August 9th-12th at Wembley Arena. The newest addition to the sport, Trampoline, will be held August 3rd-4th at the North Greenwich Arena.
The better known Artistic Gymnastics will also take place at the North Greenwich Arena. Throughout the games.14 individual and team medal events are scheduled. The women will participate in the balance beam, uneven bars, vault and floor exercises. The men’s schedule includes horizontal and parallel bars, vault, rings, pommel horse and the floor.
Heading in to the games, expectations are high for American gymnast Jordyn Wieber. The 16-year-old is the current All-Around World Champion and already has an endorsement deal with Kellogg’s. Earlier this month she appeared on the Ellen Show where she did a routine on the uneven bars.
Swimmer Michael Phelps will be appearing in his third summer Olympics. Having already won 16 medals, Phelps has made swimming one of the games’ most popular sports. In London the swimming competition will be held inside the recently completed Aquatics Centre. Overall, 192 events will take place here throughout the games. In addition to swimming, the Aquatics Centre will host Diving, Synchronized Swimming and Paralympic Swimming.
Olympic Stadium will see the most spectators throughout the London games. In addition to hosting the opening and closing ceremonies, the stadium will be the venue for more than 200 events that make up the always popular track and field competition.
One of the most well known athletes that will participate in the track and field events is three time gold medalist Usain Bolt. Bolt will be attempting to break his Olympic records in the 100 and 200 meter sprints. The Jamaican will also be representing his country in the 4 x 100 meters relay for which he and his teammates also hold the record.
That’s it for now. Next time, we’ll look at some of the lesser known sports and a few of the athletes expected to do well in London.