London has hosted the Olympic Games on two past occasions, in 1908 and 1948.
The planned 2012 Olympics will make London the first city to have hosted the modern Games of three Olympiads. Our family is really looking forward to being part of the history.
A public ballot system is currently allocating 6.6million tickets to UK citizens who want to go and see the events. To make it fair the tickets are not being issued on a first-come, first-served basis and will only be allocated once the window closes on 26 April. Tickets for the Paralympics will go on sale in September.
We’ve made our selections; Athletics, Cycling, Swimming, a football match at Old Trafford. Fingers crossed.
The 2012 Games will give a huge boost to tourism in the UK, especially London with visitors from all over the world wanting to see the games and visit. Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, said: “London 2012 will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the UK to show all we offer."
My earliest memory of an Olympic games was in 1976 when I can vividly recall being enthralled by the Montreal Olympics and watching Brendan Forster run the 10,000 metres. Unfortunately, he only got a bronze medal and it was Britain’s only track and field medal at those Olympics.
I was ten years old then. Next year when the 2012 Olympics come to London, my youngest will be eleven and he might not realise it yet, but he will always remember the year when the Olympics took place in London
So there you have my word for the letter ‘O.’ ‘O’ is for Olympics.
What would your choice of events be? And/or what is your first memory of an Olympic games?
Until another day
Bye for now
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