London -First 3x Olympics Host City!
The 1908 Olympic Games
Games of the IV Olympiad
Originally intended to be hosted by Rome this idea was abandoned when the Italians were forced to use the Olympic funds to rebuild Naples after the Mount Vesuvius volcano erupted two years before the Games were due to take place.
London stepped up to the occasion and with only two years left to prepare took on the task of hosting the 1908 Olympic Games – the start of the 4th Olympiad (4 year cycle). They built at a cost of £60,000 and with the capacity to hold 68,000 spectators, the White City Stadium officially opened by King Edward VII at 27 April Opening Ceremony of 1908. It contained a central swimming pool designed for both swimming and diving, a wrestling and gymnastics platform, and a running track that was three laps to them mile. It was considered a technological wonder.
They also held a marathon, 26.2 miles long the distance from Windsor Castle to the Royal Box in the Olympian Stadium.
In 1908 electric trolleys, buses and trains were commonly replacing horse drawn buses and trams.
22 sports and 110 events
23 countries took part
146 medals won by the UK, more than any other country
The 1948 Austerity Games
Games of the XIV Olympiad
Rationing was still in process and the economic situation was far worse than it is today, the country being flat broke after the end of the war. As a result there were no new stadiums built and instead Wembley Stadium was adapted for the purpose. Equipment and materials for the Olympics was also donated by Switzerland, Finland and Canada.
Male athletes were housed in army barracks, female athletes in school classrooms in make-shift dorms, and all athletes were asked to bring their own towels.
As with transport it was very much a matter of “make do and mend.” Railways and stations had been damaged during the war and much work was involved repairing and replacing making 1948 Games transport very limited…this doesn’t seem to have changed a great deal over the years!!!
20 sports and 150 events
59 nations represented
23 medals won by the UK
2012 Olympic Games~Ring of Fire!
The 2012 Olympic park covers 2 million square metres, making it one of the largest inner-city parks in Europe for 150 years +. Included are 2,000 trees and 300,000 wetland plants. Situated in East London it is intended that it will drive educational and cultural development, alongside new jobs and opportunities for training.
Transport to the Games includes Rail, Tube, Bus, Over-ground, Docklands Light Railway, Barclays Cycle Hire, Walking and the Emirates Air Line Cable Car. Tube services will be available up to 2.30 am throughout the Olympic Games. (Get Ahead of the Games.com)
10,250 Olympic athletes and 4,000 Paralympic athletes
26 sports and more than 300 events
205 nations represented
56 – 59 medals predicted to be won by Team GB
9 venues within the Olympic Park costing £948 million
LONDON 2012 – GOING FOR GOLD!
Fire Meets Fire! Long Live Zeus! All Powerful god of the Olympics!!