With weeks to the opening ceremony, the world is eagerly turning its eyes to Great Britain. If the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton last year hadn’t kept the world watching England’s royal family, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which took place from June 2-5 certainly put the House of Windsor in the world’s eye.
On July 27th, the opening ceremony for the 2012 summer games will take place in London’s Olympic Park. Though details are usually kept under wraps, it is rumored that James Bond himself – Daniel Craig – will open the show. The Mirror, a UK news source, reports that the Queen herself invited Craig to take part in the festivities.
Sir Paul McCartney will be closing the ceremony, according to ABC News.
Though many look forward to the opening and closing festivities, it is what happens between them that make up the heart of the Olympic Games – the athletic events. The summer games boast more events and a wider variety of sports than the winter games with 28 sports and hundreds of events. From aquatics to wrestling, the Olympics are fast-paced and represent not only athletic talent, but the physical and cultural capacity of the human race.
Runner Christine Ohuruogu, a British runner, tells Magbook that the 2012 Olympics will be especially exciting for British athletes. “I grew up on Stratford – I love my borough, I love London and I love sport, and for those things to be married at such an important time in my career is just brilliant.”
Usain Bolt, the famed Jamaican runner who broke records and took gold in the 2008 summer games is excited as well. “I will be extremely happy if I can defend my titles in London. I hope there will be a big party!”
It’s not just runners preparing to race that are excited – the tennis players are gearing up for an unusual event. 20 days after the Wimbledon Grand Slam Tournament ends, the Olympic tennis competitions will begin in the Wimbledon facility. Wimbledon is widely regarded as the best tennis venue in the world, and players will be ready to play when the tournaments begin on July 28th.
This year’s summer games should prove to be an excellent example of showmanship, athletics and tradition, bringing the best of the best to London for an Olympic edition to remember.
Look out for You Can Learn’s Summer Olympics app, coming soon!