Friday, July 27, 2012

Countdown to the London Olympics

  olympicsThe 30th Summer Olympic Games starts on July 27th and lasts for 17 days. It is the biggest sporting event on the planet with 10,500 athletes and millions of spectators. As is tradition, 8,000 inspirational people will carry the Olympic Flame as it journeys across the globe, ending on July 29th in this year’s host city, London.

The scheduled 2012 Summer Olympics will make London the first city to have hosted the modern Olympiad Games three times. London has hosted the Olympic Games on two past occasions, in 1908 and 1948, with the third planned for 2012.

Last summer in the Beijing Olympic Games, Korea placed 7th overall. Korea hopes to win 10 gold medals and place in the top 10 for these Olympics.

In the Summer Olympics, the regular events are: swimming, judo, archery, taekwondo, volleyball, weightlifting, and so on. There are 26 regular events.

This is the first time the Korean women's volleyball team reached the Olympics in nearly eight years. Korea's medal favorites are: Park Tae-hwan (swimming), Jang Mi Ran (weightlifting), and Lee Yong Dae (badminton).

The medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games will be awarded during a total of 302 Victory Ceremonies, taking place at venues across the UK.

Sustainability and ecology are an important part of this Olympics. Polluted ground near London Olympic Park was purified by water. Stadiums were built using 90% recycled resources. All tourists use only public transportation or walk.

The official 2012 London Olympics’ slogan is, "Live as one," and the motto is "Inspire a Generation.”

The Opening Ceremony will be held on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 9 PM. Tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games are now on sale on a first come, first served basis. Ticket prices start at just £20, with special prices for young people and seniors.

Staff writers Lee Na Kyung and Jeong Min Ju are currently Woosong University students majoring in Nursing.


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