2012 Summer Olympics
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Host city London
Country United Kingdom
Motto Inspire a Generation
Participating nations 204
Participating athletes 10,700 (5,992 men, 4,776 women)
Events 302 in 26 sports
Opening ceremony July 27, 2012
Closing ceremony August 12, 2012
Officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II
Athlete's Oath Sarah Stevenson
Judge's Oath Mik Basi
Torch Lighter Callum Airlie, Jordan Duckitt, Desiree Henry, Katie Kirk, Cameron MacRitchie, Aidan Reynolds, Adelle Tracey, Austin Playfoot (relight)
Main venue Olympic Stadium
The 2012 Summer Olympics, formally the Games of the XXX Olympiad and commonly known as London 2012, was a major international multi-sport event celebrated in the tradition of the Olympic Games, as governed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It took place in London, United Kingdom and a lesser extent across the country from 25 July to 12 August 2012. The first event, the group stage in women's football began on 25 July at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. More than 10,000 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated  It was officially started however on Friday 27 July 2012 at 12:00am.

Following a bid headed by former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe and then-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, London was selected as the host city on 6 July 2005 during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore, defeating bids from Moscow, New York City, Madrid and Paris. London was the first city to host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948.

Construction for the Games involved considerable redevelopment, with an emphasis on sustainability. The main focus was a new 200-hectare (490-acre) Olympic Park, constructed on a former industrial site at Stratford, East London. The Games also made use of venues that already existed before the bid.

The Games received widespread acclaim for their organisation, with the volunteers, the British military and public enthusiasm praised particularly highly. The opening ceremony, directed by Danny Boyle, received widespread acclaim throughout the world, particular praise from the British public and a minority of widely ranging criticisms from some social media sites. During the Games, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, winning his 22nd medal. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei entered female athletes for the first time, so that every currently eligible country has sent a female competitor to at least one Olympic Games. Women's boxing was included for the first time, thus the Games became the first at which every sport had female competitors.

These were the final Olympic Games under the IOC presidency of Jacques Rogge.


Zone Venues Location Sporting events Capacity
Olympics Paralympics
Olympic Park Zone London Aquatics Centre Greater London Diving, Modern Pentathlon (swimming), Swimming, Synchronized Swimming Swimming 17,000
Basketball Arena Basketball, Handball (medal round) Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Basketball 12,000
BMX Track Cycling (BMX) - 6,000
Eton Manor - Wheelchair Tennis 10,000
Copper Box Arena Handball, Modern Pentathlon (fencing) Goalball 7,000
Velodrome Cycling (track) Cycling (track) 6,000
Riverbank Arena Field Hockey Football seven-a-side, Football five-a-side 16,000
Olympic Stadium Opening/closing ceremonies, Atheltics Opening/closing ceremonies, Athletics 80,000
Water Polo Arena Water polo - 5,000
River Zone ExCeL London Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Weightlighting, Wrestling Boccia, Judo, Powerlifting, Table Tennis, Volleyball (sitting), Wheelchair Fencing from 5,000 to 10,000
Greenwich Park Equestrian, Modern Pentathlon (riding, running, shooting) Equestrian

23,000 (OG)

6,000 (PG)

North Greenwich Arena (The O2 Arena)

Basketball (final), Gymnastics (artistic, trampolining) Wheelchair basketball

20,000 (OG)

18,000 (PG)

Royal Artillery Barracks Shooting Archery, Shooting

7,500 (OG)

5,000 (PG)

Central Zone All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club Tennis - 30,000
Earls Court Exhibition Centre Volleyball (indoor) - 15,000
Horse Guards Parade Volleyball (beach) - 15,000
Hyde Park Swimming (marathon), Triathlon - 3,000
Lord's Cricket Ground Archery - 6,500
Marathon Course Athletics (marathon and race walk) Athletics (marathon) not listed
Wembley Arena Badminton, Gymnastics (rhytymic) - 6,000
Wembley Stadium Football (final) - 90,000
Outside Greater London Brands Hatch Swanley, Kent - Cycling (road) -
Dorney Lake Dorney, Buckinghamshire Canoeing (sprint), Rowing Rowing

30,000 max (OG)

6,000 (PG)

Hadleigh Farm Hadleigh, Essex Cycling (mountain biking) - 20,000 (including 3,000 seating)
Lee Valley White Water Centre Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire Canoeing (slalom) - 12,000 max
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy Isle of Portland, Dorset Sailing Sailing

4,600 (OG)

17,400 (PG)

Football Stadiums City of Coventry Stadium (Ricoh Arena) Coventry, England football - 32,500
Hampden Park Glasgow, Scotland - 52,000
Millenium Stadium Cardiff, Wales - 74,600
Old Trafford Manchester, England - 76,000
St. James Park Newcastle upon Tyne, England - 52,409
Olympic Village East Village, Stratford Greater London - - -
Media Centre London Olympics Media Centre - -


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