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The 2012 Summer Olympics (officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad[3] and commonly known as London 2012) was an international multi-sport event held from 27 July to 12 August 2012 in London, United Kingdom. The first event, the group stage in women's football, began on 25 July at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, followed by the opening ceremony on 27 July.[4][5] 10,768 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated.[6]
Games of the XXX Olympiad
Host cityLondon, England, United Kingdom
MottoInspire a Generation
Nations204
Athletes10,768 (5,992 men, 4,776 women)
Events302 in 26 sports (39 disciplines)
Opening27 July
Closing12 August
Opened byQueen Elizabeth II[1]
Cauldron
StadiumLondon Olympic Stadium
Summer
Winter
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.[7] London became the first city to host the modern Olympics three times,[8][9] having previously hosted the Summer Games in 1908 and in 1948.[10][11]
Construction for the Games involved considerable redevelopment, with an emphasis on sustainability.[12] The main focus was a new 200-hectare (490-acre) Olympic Park, constructed on a former industrial site at Stratford, East London.[13] The Games also made use of venues that already existed before the bid.[14]
The Games received general praise for their organisation, with the volunteers, the British military and public enthusiasm praised particularly highly.[15][16][17] 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.[18][19] During the Games, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, winning his 22nd medal.[20] 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.[21] Women's boxing was included for the first time, thus the Games became the first at which every sport had female competitors.[22][23][24] These were the final Olympic Games under the IOC presidency of Belgian Jacques Rogge, who was succeeded by German Thomas Bach the next year.
The final medal tally was led by the United States, followed by China and host Great Britain. Several world and Olympic records were set at the London Olympics. Though there were several controversies, the 2012 Games were deemed highly successful with the rising standards of competition amongst nations across the world, packed stadiums and smooth organisation. Furthermore, the focus on sporting legacy and post-Games venue sustainability was seen as a blueprint for future Olympics.[citation needed]
Bidding process
Main article: Bids for the 2012 Summer Olympics
By 15 July 2003, the deadline for interested cities to submit bids to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), nine cities had submitted bids to host the 2012 Summer Olympics: Havana, Istanbul, Leipzig, London, Madrid, Moscow, New York City, Paris, and Rio de Janeiro.[25] On 18 May 2004, as a result of a scored technical evaluation, the IOC reduced the number of cities to five: London, Madrid, Moscow, New York and Paris.[26] All five submitted their candidate files by 19 November 2004 and were visited by the IOC inspection team during February and March 2005. The Paris bid suffered two setbacks during the IOC inspection visit: a number of strikes and demonstrations coinciding with the visits, and a report that a key member of the bid team, Guy Drut, would face charges over alleged corrupt party political finances.[27]
Lord Coe, chairman of the LOCOG
Throughout the process, Paris was widely seen as the favourite, particularly as this was its third bid in recent years. London was initially seen as lagging behind Paris by a considerable margin.[28] Its position began to improve after the appointment of Lord Coe as the new chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) on 19 May 2004.[29] In late August 2004, reports predicted a tie between London and Paris.[30]
On 6 June 2005, the IOC released its evaluation reports for the five candidate cities. They did not contain any scores or rankings, but the report for Paris was considered the most positive. London was close behind, having closed most of the gap observed by the initial evaluation in 2004. New York and Madrid also received very positive evaluations.[31] On 1 July 2005, when asked who would win, Jacques Rogge said, "I cannot predict it since I don't know how the IOC members will vote. But my gut feeling tells me that it will be very close. Perhaps it will come down to a difference of say ten votes, or maybe less."[32]
On 6 July 2005, the final selection was announced at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore. Moscow was the first city to be eliminated, followed by New York and Madrid. The final two contenders were London and Paris. At the end of the fourth round of voting, London won the right to host the 2012 Games with 54 votes to 50.[33]
The celebrations in London were short-lived, being overshadowed by bombings on London's transport system less than 24 hours after the announcement.[34]
2012 host city election – ballot results
CityNOCRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4
London Great Britain22273954
Paris
 France
21253350
Madrid
 Spain
203231
New York City United States1917
Moscow
 Russia
15
Total ballots97101103104
Development and preparation
Main article: 2012 Summer Olympic development
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) was created to oversee the staging of the Games, and held its first board meeting on 3 October 2005.[35] The committee, chaired by Lord Coe, was in charge of implementing and staging the Games, while the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), established in April 2006, was in charge of construction of the venues and infrastructure.[35][36]
The Government Olympic Executive (GOE), a unit within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), was the lead government body for coordinating the London 2012 Olympics. It focused on oversight of the Games, cross-programme management, and the London 2012 Olympic Legacy before and after the Games that would benefit London and the wider United Kingdom. The organisation was also responsible for the supervision of the £9.3 billion of public sector funding.[37]
In August 2011, security concerns arose surrounding the hosting of the Olympic Games in London, following the 2011 England riots.[38] Some countries expressed safety concerns,[39] despite the IOC's assurance that the riots would not affect the Games.[40]
The IOC's Coordination Commission for the 2012 Games completed its tenth and final visit to London in March 2012. Its members concluded that "London is ready to host the world this summer".[41]
Venues
Main article: Venues of the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on the Isle of Portland in Dorset hosted the sailing events
The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games used a mixture of new venues, existing and historic facilities, and temporary facilities, some of them in well-known locations such as Hyde Park and Horse Guards Parade. After the Games, some of the new facilities will be reused in their Olympic form, while others will be resized or relocated.[42]
The majority of venues have been divided into three zones within Greater London: the Olympic Zone, the River Zone and the Central Zone. In addition there are a few venues that, by necessity, are outside the boundaries of Greater London, such as the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy some 125 mi (201 km) southwest of London, which hosted the sailing events. The football tournament was staged at several grounds around the UK.[43] Work began on the Park in December 2006, when a sports hall in Eton Manor was pulled down.[44] The athletes' village in Portland was completed in September 2011.[45]
In November 2004, the 200-hectare (500-acre) Olympic Park plans were revealed.[46] The plans for the site were approved in September 2004 by Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney and Waltham Forest.[47] The redevelopment of the area to build the Olympic Park required compulsory purchase orders of property. The London Development Agency was in dispute with London and Continental Railways about the orders in November 2005. By May 2006, 86% of the land had been bought as businesses fought eviction.[48] Residents who opposed the eviction tried to find ways to stop it by setting up campaigns, but they had to leave as 94% of land was bought and the other 6% bought as a £9 billion regeneration project started.[49]
Aerial view of the Olympic Park in April 2012
There were some issues with the original venues not being challenging enough or being financially unviable. Both the Olympic road races and the mountain bike event were initially considered to be too easy, so they were eventually scheduled on new locations.[50][51] The Olympic marathon course, which was set to finish in the Olympic stadium, was moved to The Mall, since closing Tower Bridge was deemed to cause traffic problems in central London.[52] North Greenwich Arena 2 was scrapped in a cost-cutting exercise, Wembley Arena being used for badminton and rhythmic gymnastics events instead.[53][54][55][56]
Test events were held throughout 2011 and 2012, either through an existing championship such as 2012 Wimbledon Championships or as a specially created event held under the banner of London Prepares.[57]
Team GB House was the British Olympic Association's operational HQ up to and during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Designed by architects Gebler Tooth on the top floor of an office building in Westfield Stratford City, it combined the team HQ, athletes' "Friends and Family" lounge, Press Centre and VIP lounge.
Public transport
The Olympic Javelin service ran between St Pancras and Ebbsfleet, via Stratford
London's public transport scored poorly in the IOC's initial evaluation; however, it felt that, if the improvements were delivered in time for the Games, London would cope.[58] Transport for London (TfL) carried out numerous improvements in preparation for 2012, including the expansion of the London Overground's East London Line, upgrades to the Docklands Light Railway and the North London Line, and the introduction of a new "Javelin" high-speed rail service.[59] According to Network Rail, an additional 4,000 train services operated during the Games, and train operators ran longer trains during the day.[60] During the Games, Stratford International station was not served by any international services (just as it had not been before the Games),[61] westbound trains did not stop at Hackney Wick railway station,[62] and Pudding Mill Lane DLR station closed entirely during the Games.[63]
The Emirates Air Line crosses the River Thames between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks
TfL also built a £25 million cable car across the River Thames, called the Emirates Air Line, to link 2012 Olympics venues.[64] It was inaugurated in June 2012 and crosses the Thames between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks, carrying up to 2,500 passengers an hour, cutting journey times between the O2 arena and the ExCeL exhibition centre and providing a crossing every 30 seconds.[65]
The plan was to have 80% of athletes travel less than 20 minutes to their event[66] and 93% of them within 30 minutes of their event.[67] The Olympic Park would be served by ten separate railway lines with a combined capacity of 240,000 passengers per hour.[68] In addition, LOCOG planned for 90% of the venues to be served by three or more types of public transport.[67] Two park-and-ride sites off the M25 with a combined capacity of 12,000 cars were 25 minutes away from the Olympic Park. Another park-and-ride site was planned in Ebbsfleet with a capacity for 9,000 cars where spectators could board a 10-minute shuttle train service.[67] To get spectators to Eton Dorney, four park-and-ride schemes were set up.[69] These Park and Ride services were operated by First Games Transport.[70]
Olympic rings marked on a street, indicating that the lane is reserved for the use of Olympic athletes and staff
TfL defined a network of roads leading between venues as the Olympic Route Network; roads connecting between all of the Olympic venues located within London. Many of these roads also contained special "Olympic lanes" marked with the Olympic rings—reserved for the use of Olympic athletes, officials, and other VIPs during the Games. Members of the public driving in an Olympic lane were subject to a fine of £130. Additionally, London buses would not include roads with Olympic lanes on their routes.[71][72][73] The painting of Olympic lane indicators in mid-July led to confusion from commuters, who wrongly believed that the Olympic lane restrictions had already taken effect (they were to take effect on 27 July). The A4 experienced traffic jams due to drivers avoiding the Olympic lane, and likewise on a section of Southampton Row, where the only lanes available in one direction were the Olympic lane and the bus lane.[74]
Concerns were expressed at the logistics of spectators travelling to the events outside London. In particular, the sailing events at Portland had no direct motorway connections, and local roads are heavily congested by tourist traffic in the summer.[75] However, a £77 million relief road connecting Weymouth to Dorchester was built and opened in 2011.[76][77] Some £16 million was put aside for the rest of the improvements.[78]
TfL created a promotional campaign and website, Get Ahead of the Games, to help provide information related to transport during the Olympics and Paralympics. Through the campaign, TfL also encouraged the use of cycling as a mode of transport during the Games.[79] However, despite this encouragement to use bicycles, members of the public protested that riding bikes on London roads would be more dangerous due to the blocked Olympic lanes, and also protested against a decision to close the Lea Valley towpath during the Olympics and Paralympics due to security concerns.[73]
International transport
The 2012 Games were a unique operational task and a massive challenge for Heathrow airport.[citation needed] A temporary terminal was created at Heathrow Airport to be used by 10,100 departing athletes after the Games. Up to 35% more bags than normal were expected on 13 August, which was predicted to be the busiest day in the airport's history, according to Nick Cole, head of Olympic and Paralympic planning at Heathrow.[citation needed]
Cost and financing
A study from Oxford University found that the sports-related costs of London 2012 amounted to US$15 billion, compared with $4.6 billion for Rio 2016, $40–44 billion for Beijing 2008, and $51 billion for Sochi 2014 (the most expensive Olympics in history). London 2012 went over budget by 76% in real terms, measured from bid to completion. Cost per athlete was $1.4 million.[80] This does not include wider costs for urban and transport infrastructure, which often equal or exceed the sports-related costs.
The costs of staging the Games were separate from those for building the venues and infrastructure and redeveloping the land for the Olympic Park. While the Games were privately funded, the venues and infrastructure were largely financed using public money.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the original budget for the Games was increased to about £9.3 billion (US$15.28 billion) in 2007.[81] The revised figures were announced to the House of Commons on 15 March 2007 by Tessa Jowell. Along with East End regeneration costs, the breakdown was:
Volunteers
Unpaid volunteers known as Games Makers performed a variety of tasks before and during the Games.[82] A target of 70,000 volunteers was set as early as 2004.[83] When recruitment took place in 2010, over 240,000 applications were received.[84] Sebastian Coe said in February 2012, "Our Games Makers will contribute a total of around eight million volunteer hours during the Games and the Games simply wouldn't happen without them".[85] The volunteers wore clothing which included purple and red polo shirts and jackets, beige trousers, grey socks and grey-and-white trainers which they collected from the Uniform Distribution and Accreditation Centre. Volunteers also wore photo accreditation badges which were also worn by officials, athletes, family members and media which gain them access to specific venues and buildings around the site.
Ticketing
Organisers estimated that some 8 million tickets would be available for the Olympic Games,[86] and 1.5 million tickets for the Paralympic Games.[86] LOCOG aimed to raise £375–£400 million in ticket sales. There were also free events such as marathon, triathlon and road cycling,[87] although, for the first time in Olympic history, the sailing events were ticketed.[88] Eventually, more than 7,000,000 tickets were sold.[89] Following IOC rules, people applied for tickets from the NOC of their country of residence. European Union residents were able to apply for tickets in any EU country.[90]
In Great Britain, ticket prices ranged from £20 for many events to £2,012 for the most expensive seats at the opening ceremony. Some free tickets were given to military personnel as part of the Tickets For Troops scheme,[91] as well as to survivors and families of those who died during 7 July 2005 London bombings.[92] Initially, people were able to apply for tickets via a website from 15 March until 26 April 2011. There was a huge demand for tickets, with a demand of over three times the number of tickets available. The process was widely criticised as more than 50% of the sessions went to a random ballot,[93] and over half the people who applied got no tickets.[94] On 11 May 2012 a round of nearly one million "second chance" tickets went on sale over a 10-day period between 23 June and 3 July 2011.[95] About 1.7 million tickets were available for football and 600,000 for other sports, including archery, field hockey, football, judo, boxing and volleyball. Although technical difficulties were encountered, ten sports had sold out by 8 am of the first day.[96]
Countdown
The Countdown Clock in Trafalgar Square
During the closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympics, the Olympic Flag was formally handed over from the Mayor of Beijing to the Mayor of London. This was followed by a section highlighting London,[97] One month later, the Olympic and Paralympic flags were raised outside the London City Hall.[98]
A countdown clock in Trafalgar Square was unveiled, 500 days before the Games.[99] The clock broke down the following day,[100] but was later fixed. It was a two-sided clock with the Paralympic countdown on the other side. The countdown to the start of the Olympics began with a ceremony for the lighting of the Olympic flame in Olympia, Greece.[101]
Security
Main article: Security for the 2012 Summer Olympics
See also: Controversies surrounding G4S
The security operation was led by the police, with 10,000 officers available, supported by 13,500 members of the armed forces. Naval and air assets, including ships situated in the Thames, Eurofighter jets and surface-to-air missiles, were deployed as part of the security operation; the biggest security operation Britain had faced for decades. The cost of security increased from £282 million to £553 million, and the figure of 13,500 armed forces personnel was more than Britain currently had deployed in Afghanistan.[102] The Metropolitan Police and the Royal Marines carried out security exercises in preparation for the Olympics on 19 January 2012, with 50 marine police officers in rigid inflatables and fast response boats, joined by up to 100 military personnel and a Lynx Navy helicopter.[103]
The Ministry of Defence distributed leaflets to residents of the Lexington building in Bow, announcing that a missile system was to be stationed on top of the water tower.[104][105] This caused concern to some residents.[104][105] The Ministry said it probably would use Starstreak missiles and that site evaluations had taken place, but that no final decision had taken place.[104][105]
Medals
Medals of the London 2012 Olympics
Approximately 4,700[106] Olympic and Paralympic medals were produced by the Royal Mint at Llantrisant.[107] They were designed by David Watkins (Olympics) and Lin Cheung (Paralympics).[108] 99% of the gold, silver and copper was donated by Rio Tinto from a mine in Salt Lake County, Utah in the U.S.[109] The remaining 1% came from a Mongolian mine.[110] Each medal weighs 375–400 g (13.2–14.1 oz), has a diameter of 85 mm (3.3 in) and is 7 mm (0.28 in) thick, with the sport and discipline engraved on the rim.[111] The obverse, as is traditional, features Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, stepping from the Panathinaiko Stadium that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, with Parthenon in the background; the reverse features the Games logo, the River Thames and a series of lines representing "the energy of athletes and a sense of pulling together".[112] The medals were transferred to the Tower of London vaults on 2 July 2012 for storage.[111]
Each gold medal is made up of 92.5 per cent silver and 1.34 per cent gold, with the remainder copper. The silver medal (which represents second place) is made up of 92.5 per cent silver, with the remainder copper. The bronze medal is made up of 97 per cent copper, 2.5 per cent zinc and 0.5 per cent tin.[113] The value of the materials in the gold medal is about £410 (US$644), the silver about £210 (US$330), and the bronze about £3 (US$4.71) as of 30 July 2012.[114]
Torch relay
Main article: 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay
The torch relay in Newport, Isle of Wight
The Olympics torch relay ran from 19 May to 27 July 2012, before the Games. Plans for the relay were developed in 2010–11, with the torch-bearer selection process announced on 18 May 2011.[115] The torch was designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.
On 18 May 2012 the Olympic flame arrived at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall from Greece[116] on flight BA2012, operated by a British AirwaysAirbus A319 named "Firefly".
The relay lasted 70 days, with 66 evening celebrations and six island visits, and involved some 8,000 people carrying the torch about 8,000 mi (12,875 km), starting from Land's End in Cornwall.[117] The torch had three days outside the United Kingdom when it visited the Isle of Man on 2 June, Dublin in Ireland, on 6 June,[118] and both Guernsey and Jersey on 15 July.
The relay focused on National Heritage Sites, locations with sporting significance, key sporting events, schools registered with the Get Set School Network, green spaces and biodiversity, Live Sites (city locations with large screens), and festivals and other events.[119] Dumfries and Galloway was the only Region in the whole of the United Kingdom that had the Olympic Torch pass through it twice. A group of young athletes, nominated by retired Olympic athletes, ran the torch around the stadium. These torchbearers were Callum Airlie, Jordan Duckitt, Desiree Henry, Katie Kirk, Cameron MacRitchie, Aidan Reynolds, and Adelle Tracey. Together the torchbearers each lit a petal which spread the fire to the 204 petals of the cauldron, representing the countries that participated in the Games.[120] The cauldron was designed by Thomas Heatherwick.
Environmental policy
The Olympic Park was planned to incorporate 45 hectares of wildlife habitat, with a total of 525 bird boxes and 150 bat boxes. Local waterways and riverbanks were enhanced as part of the process.[121] Renewable energy also features at the Olympics. It was originally planned to provide 20% of the energy for the Olympic Park and Village from renewable technologies; however, this may now be as little as 9%.[122][needs update] Proposals to meet the original target included large-scale on-site wind turbines and hydroelectric generators in the River Thames. These plans were scrapped for safety reasons.[123] The focus has since moved to installing solar panels on some buildings, and providing the opportunity to recover energy from waste. Food packaging at the Olympics is made from compostable materials – like starch and cellulose-based bioplastics – where it cannot be reused or recycled. This includes fast-food wrappers, sandwich boxes and drink cartons. After they have been used, many of these materials would be suitable for anaerobic digestion (AD), allowing them to be made into renewable energy.[124]
Buildings like the Water Polo Arena will be relocated elsewhere. Building Parts like Roofing Covers and membranes of different temporary venues will be recycled via Vinyloop. This allowed organisers to meet the standards of the Olympic Delivery Authority concerning environmental protection. Through this recycling process, the Olympic Games PVC Policy is fulfilled. It says that
Where London 2012 procures PVC for temporary usage or where permanent usage is not assured, London 2012 is required to ensure that there is a take-back scheme that offers a closed-loop reuse system or mechanical recycling system for post-consumer waste.
"The majority of temporary facilities created for the Olympic Games including the Aquatic centre temporary stands, basketball arena, Water Polo Arena, and the shooting facilities at the Royal Artillery Barracks, are essentially big tents. Basically, PVC stretched over lightweight steel frame. This design solution makes them efficient to install, reduces the need for any significant foundations and are, of course, reusable. We were challenged by the public around the use of PVC; but we considered it to be the right material for certain functions. We therefore challenged the PVC supply chain to have certain environmental performance criteria in place, including a take back and recycle scheme" says Kirsten Henson, Materials Manager for the London 2012 Olympic Park.[125]
London 2012 inaugurated Olympic Games guidelines that included the recycling of PVC.[126]
Cultural Olympiad
Tower Bridge was illuminated with the Olympic Rings in the week leading up to the Opening Ceremony.
Main article: 2012 Cultural Olympiad
The Olympic Charter, the set of rules and guidelines for the organization of the Olympic Games and for governing the Olympic Movement, states that
LOCOG shall organise a programme of cultural events which must cover at least the entire period during which the Olympic Village is open.[127]
The Cultural Olympiad comprises many programmes, with over 500 events spread over four years across the whole of the United Kingdom, and culminating in the London 2012 Festival.[128][129]
Opening ceremony
Main articles: 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony and 2012 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations
Fireworks at the opening ceremony
The opening ceremony officially began at 9:00 pm British Summer Time (UTC+1) on 27 July in the Olympic Stadium and was called "Isles of Wonder".[130] Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle was its artistic director, with music direction by Rick Smith of Underworld.[131]
The Games were officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.[132] It was the second Olympic Games opened personally by the Queen, the first being in 1976 in Montreal. The ceremony included a short comic film starring Daniel Craig as secret agent James Bond and the Queen as herself,[133] and another starring Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean.
Live musical performers included Frank Turner, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Mike Oldfield, the London Symphony Orchestra, Dizzee Rascal, Arctic Monkeys, and Sir Paul McCartney who performed "Hey Jude" as the closing act.[134][135] The ceremony transmitted live on BBC One attracted a peak viewing audience of over 27 million in the UK.[136]
Closing ceremony
Main articles: 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony and 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony flag bearers
The closing ceremony was held on 12 August. It featured a flashback fiesta to British music with The Who closing the performance. The ceremony also included a handover of the Olympic flag by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, to Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[137]
The Games
Participating National Olympic Committees
Number of participating athletes by country
  300+
  100–299
  30–99
  10–29
  4–9
  1–3
Participating countries:
Green = Had previously participated; Grey = Participating for first time; Yellow circle is host city (London)
Around 10,700 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) took part,[6] (85 countries acquired at least one medal: gold, silver or bronze)[138] surpassing the 1948 Summer Olympics in London and the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester as the largest multi-sport event ever to be held in the United Kingdom.[139]
Three athletes from the Netherlands Antilles Olympic Committee, which the IOC Executive Committee had ceased to recognise at the IOC session of July 2011, and one athlete from South Sudan which had no recognized NOC until 2015, participated independently under the Olympic flag.[140]
Participating National Olympic Committees
Number of athletes by National Olympic Committee
IOCCountryAthletes
GBR Great Britain541
USA United States530
RUS
 Russia
436
AUS Australia410
GER Germany392
CHN
 China
390
FRA
 France
330
JPN
 Japan
293
ITA
 Italy
284
ESP
 Spain
278
CAN Canada277
BRA
 Brazil
258
KOR
 South Korea
245
UKR Ukraine237
POL Poland218
NZL New Zealand184
NED
 Netherlands
175
BLR Belarus165
HUN Hungary157
ARG Argentina137
SWE Sweden134
CZE
 Czech Republic
133
RSA
 South Africa
125
BEL
 Belgium
115
SRB
 Serbia
115
KAZ Kazakhstan114
TUR Turkey114
DEN
 Denmark
113
EGY
 Egypt
113
CUB Cuba110
CRO Croatia108
COL
 Colombia
104
GRE
 Greece
103
ROU
 Romania
103
MEX Mexico102
SUI Switzerland102
IND
 India
83
TUN Tunisia83
POR
 Portugal
77
AUT
 Austria
70
VEN Venezuela70
MAR
 Morocco
67
IRL Ireland66
SLO Slovenia65
NOR
 Norway
64
BUL Bulgaria63
LTU Lithuania62
FIN Finland55
NGR Nigeria55
UZB Uzbekistan54
AZE Azerbaijan53
IRI Iran53
PRK North Korea51
JAM Jamaica50
KEN
 Kenya
47
SVK
 Slovakia
47
LAT Latvia46
TPE Chinese Taipei44
ALG
 Algeria
42
HKG
 Hong Kong
42
ISR
 Israel
37
THA Thailand37
ECU
 Ecuador
36
CHI
 Chile
35
DOM
 Dominican Republic
35
ETH Ethiopia35
GEO
 Georgia
35
ANG
 Angola
34
CMR
 Cameroon
33
EST Estonia33
MNE Montenegro33
SEN
 Senegal
31
MAS Malaysia30
TRI Trinidad and Tobago30
MGL Mongolia29
URU Uruguay29
HON Honduras27
ISL
 Iceland
27
UAE United Arab Emirates26
ARM Armenia25
PUR
 Puerto Rico
25
BAH Bahamas24
GAB
 Gabon
24
SIN
 Singapore
23
INA
 Indonesia
22
MDA Moldova22
PAK
 Pakistan
21
GUA Guatemala19
KSA
 Saudi Arabia
19
VIE Vietnam18
PER
 Peru
16
TJK Tajikistan16
UGA Uganda16
KGZ Kyrgyzstan14
CYP
 Cyprus
13
ALB
 Albania
12
BRN Bahrain12
ERI Eritrea12
QAT Qatar12
CRC Costa Rica11
KUW Kuwait11
MRI
 Mauritius
11
PHI Philippines11
CIV
 Ivory Coast
10
ESA El Salvador10
GRN Grenada10
LIB
 Lebanon
10
SYR Syria10
TKM Turkmenistan10
FIJ Fiji9
GHA
 Ghana
9
JOR Jordan9
LUX Luxembourg9
NAM
 Namibia
9
BER Bermuda8
COK Cook Islands8
GUM Guam8
IRQ
 Iraq
8
PAR Paraguay8
PNG
 Papua New Guinea
8
SAM Samoa8
CGO
 Republic of the Congo
7
ISV Virgin Islands7
MAD
 Madagascar
7
PAN
 Panama
7
RWA
 Rwanda
7
SKN
 Saint Kitts and Nevis
7
SRI Sri Lanka7
TAN Tanzania7
ZAM Zambia7
ZIM Zimbabwe7
AFG
 Afghanistan
6
AND
 Andorra
6
BAR
 Barbados
6
BDI Burundi6
BIH Bosnia and Herzegovina6
BOL
 Bolivia
6
CAF
 Central African Republic
6
CAM Cambodia6
DJI
 Djibouti
6
FSM Federated States of Micronesia6
GUY Guyana6
MLI
 Mali
6
MON
 Monaco
6
MOZ
 Mozambique
6
MYA
 Myanmar
6
NCA Nicaragua6
NIG
 Niger
6
SEY Seychelles6
SUD Sudan6
TOG Togo6
ANT
 Antigua and Barbuda
5
ASA American Samoa5
BAN Bangladesh5
BEN
 Benin
5
BUR
 Burkina Faso
5
CAY Cayman Islands5
HAI Haiti5
LBA Libya5
MDV
 Maldives
5
MLT
 Malta
5
NEP
 Nepal
5
PLE Palestine5
PLW Palau5
SUR
 Suriname
5
VAN Vanuatu5
ARU
 Aruba
4
BOT
 Botswana
4
COD
 Democratic Republic of the Congo
4
GBS Guinea-Bissau4
GUI
 Guinea
4
IOA
 Independent Olympic Athletes
4
LBR Liberia4
LCA Saint Lucia4
LES
 Lesotho
4
MHL Marshall Islands4
MKD Macedonia4
OMA Oman4
SMR
 San Marino
4
SOL Solomon Islands4
YEM Yemen4
BIZ
 Belize
3
BRU Brunei3
CHA
 Chad
3
COM Comoros3
CPV Cape Verde3
KIR Kiribati3
LAO
 Laos
3
LIE Liechtenstein3
MAW
 Malawi
3
SWZ
 Swaziland
3
TGA Tonga3
TUV Tuvalu3
VIN
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
3
BHU
 Bhutan
2
DMA Dominica2
GAM
 The Gambia
2
GEQ
 Equatorial Guinea
2
IVB British Virgin Islands2
MTN
 Mauritania
2
NRU Nauru2
SLE
 Sierra Leone
2
SOM
 Somalia
2
STP São Tomé and Príncipe2
TLS East Timor2
Total10,768
National houses
The Holland Heineken House, the Dutch home in Alexandra Palace.
During the Games, some countries and continents had a "national house". These temporary meeting places for supporters, athletes and other followers were located throughout London.[143]
NationLocationName
African nationsKensington Gardens
AustriaTrinity House
BelgiumInner Temple
BrazilSomerset House
Czech RepublicBusiness Design Centre in Islington
DenmarkSt Katherine Docks
FranceOld BillingsgateClub France
GermanyMuseum of London Docklands
IrelandThe Big Chill House
ItalyQueen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
JapanLondon County Hall
JamaicaThe O2
KenyaEast Thames in Stratford
KoreaRoyal Thames Yacht Club
MonacoHaymarket
NetherlandsAlexandra PalaceHolland Heineken House
New ZealandGranary Square, Kings CrossKiwi House
NigeriaTheatre Royal Stratford East
RussiaPerks Field, Kensington Palace
Slovakia80 Haymarket
South AfricaQueen Elizabeth Hall
South PacificSt Katharine Docks
SwitzerlandGlazier's Hall
Trinidad & TobagoTricycle Theatre
Sports
The 2012 Summer Olympics featured 26 different sports encompassing 39 disciplines and 302 events. In the list below, the number of events in each discipline is noted in parentheses.
2012 Summer Olympics Sports Programme
Women's boxing was included in the programme for the first time, and 36 women competed in three weight classes. There was a special dispensation for the shooting events, which would otherwise have been illegal under UK gun law.[144][145] In tennis, mixed doubles returned to the Olympic programme for the first time since 1924.[146]
London's bid featured the same 28 sports that had been included in other recent Summer Olympics, but the IOC voted to drop baseball and softball from the 2012 Games just two days after London had been selected as the host city. There was an appeal, but the IOC voted to uphold the decision, and the two sports were scheduled to be discontinued after their last appearance at the 2008 Olympics.[147] The IOC then voted on whether or not to replace them; karate, squash, golf, roller sports and rugby sevens were considered. Karate and squash were the two final nominees, but neither received enough votes to reach the required two-thirds majority.[147]
Although formal demonstration sports were eliminated after the 1992 Summer Olympics,[148] special tournaments for non-Olympic sports can be run during the Games, such as the Wushu tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[149] There were attempts to run Twenty20 cricket[149] and netball[150] tournaments alongside the 2012 Games, but neither campaign was successful.
Calendar
All times are in British Summer Time (UTC+1)
See also: Chronological summary of the 2012 Summer Olympics
The final official schedule was released on 15 February 2011.[151]
OCOpening ceremonyEvent competitions1Gold medal eventsCCClosing ceremony
July/August25th
Wed
26th
Thu
27th
Fri
28th
Sat
29th
Sun
30th
Mon
31st
Tue
1st
Wed
2nd
Thu
3rd
Fri
4th
Sat
5th
Sun
6th
Mon
7th
Tue
8th
Wed
9th
Thu
10th
Fri
11th
Sat
12th
Sun
Events
CeremoniesOCCCN/A
AquaticsDiving1111111146
Swimming4444444411
Artistic swimming11
Water polo11
Archery11114
Athletics266544568147
Badminton1225
Basketball112
Boxing35513
CanoeingSlalom11216
Sprint444
CyclingRoad cycling11218
Track cycling221113
BMX2
Mountain biking11
Equestrian211116
Fencing11112111110
Field hockey112
Football112
GymnasticsArtistic111133418
Rhythmic11
Trampolining11
Handball112
Judo222222214
Modern pentathlon112
Rowing334414
Sailing22212110
Shooting221111221215
Table tennis11114
Taekwondo22228
Tennis235
Triathlon112
VolleyballBeach volleyball114
Indoor volleyball11
Weightlifting122222111115
Wrestling2322223218
Daily medal events12141215201822252318211622173215302
Cumulative total122638537391113138161179200216238255287302
July/August25th
Wed
26th
Thu
27th
Fri
28th
Sat
29th
Sun
30th
Mon
31st
Tue
1st
Wed
2nd
Thu
3rd
Fri
4th
Sat
5th
Sun
6th
Mon
7th
Tue
8th
Wed
9th
Thu
10th
Fri
11th
Sat
12th
Sun
Total events

Records
Mo Farah (left) with Usain Bolt (right), demonstrating one another's famous gestures (the "Lightning Bolt" and "Mobot")
Main article: World and Olympic records set at the 2012 Summer Olympics
These Olympic Games resulted in 32 world records in eight sports. The largest number of records were set in swimming, at eight. China, Great Britain and the United States set the most records, at five each.
Medal table
Main article: 2012 Summer Olympics medal table
Further information: List of 2012 Summer Olympics medal winners
A total of 85 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) won medals, 54 of those countries winning at least one gold medal. Bahrain​,​[152]​Botswana​,​[153] Cyprus,[154] Gabon,[155] Grenada (a gold medal),[156] Guatemala,[157] and Montenegro[158] won their first ever Olympic medals. The United States finished at the top of the table winning 46 gold medals, and winning 104 medals overall. China finished second with 38 gold medals and 88 medals overall. Hosts Great Britain came in third place winning 29 gold medals and 65 medals overall in their best performance since London hosted its inaugural Summer Olympics in 1908 pushing Russia into fourth place who won 20 gold medals although they won 68 medals (3 more than Great Britain) overall.
  *   Host nation (Great Britain)
2012 Summer Olympics medal table[159]
RankNOCGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States (USA)462830104
2
 China (CHN)
38312291
3 Great Britain (GBR)*29171965
4
 Russia (RUS)
20202868
5
 South Korea (KOR)
139830
6 Germany (GER)11201344
7
 France (FRA)
11111335
8 Australia (AUS)8151235
9
 Italy (ITA)
891128
10 Hungary (HUN)84618
11–86Remaining110137193440
Totals (86 NOCs)302301355958
Key
  *   Host nation (Great Britain)   ‡   See subpage: Changes in medal standings
Podium sweeps
DateSportEventNOCGoldSilverBronze
28 JulyFencingWomen's foil
 Italy
Elisa Di FranciscaArianna ErrigoValentina Vezzali
9 AugustAthleticsMen's 200 metres JamaicaUsain BoltYohan BlakeWarren Weir
Broadcasting
Main article: List of 2012 Summer Olympics broadcasters
The International Broadcast Centre in June 2011
The host broadcaster was Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), an agency of the IOC. The OBS used its own cameras and crews subcontracted from other Olympic broadcasters to cover the events. The base video and audio were sold to other broadcasters, who added their own commentary and presentation.
The official recording format of the 2012 Summer Olympics used Panasonic's digital technologies. The official video was produced and distributed from the International Broadcast Centre in 1080/50i High-Definition (HD) format. Panasonic announced that DVCPRO HD would be the official recording format. OBS London used P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorders.[160]
The IOC's wanted television coverage to reach as broad a worldwide audience as possible, and London 2012 was covered by several national and regional broadcasters. In the UK, the BBC carried the Olympics and Channel 4 the Paralympics. The BBC aimed to broadcast all 5,000 hours of the Games.[161] BBC Parliament's Freeview channel was suspended, BBC Three's on-air time was extended so that it could show Olympic events in the daytime, and 24 additional BBC Olympics channels were available via cable, satellite and the internet in the UK.
The US television rights, owned by NBC, accounted for over half the rights revenue for the IOC.[book 1] Thousands of Americans, however, accessed the BBC's omnibus coverage using proxy servers or VPNs.[162] Despite high viewership, many viewers were disappointed with NBC's coverage.[163][164] The operations of broadcasters granted rights to the Games were hosted in the dedicated International Broadcast Centre inside the security cordon of the Olympic Park. YouTube planned to stream the Games in 64 territories in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa where there were no official broadcasters.[165]
In Sri Lanka a dispute occurred between Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) and MBC Networks (MTV/MBC) as to who was the official broadcaster of the Games. This problem was caused as Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) had offered the official broadcasting rights to both networks, as both of the networks were ABU members. So SLRC filed a case against MBC Networks for broadcasting rights at the Colombo Magistrate's Court. Considering the case, the court issued a special court order preventing MBC Networks' Olympic broadcast and stated that SLRC should be the sole broadcaster.[166] However, when the Games started, both networks broadcast most of the events simultaneously. Another dispute had previously occurred between Carlton Sports Network (CSN) and SLRC, but the Sports Minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, had stated that SLRC had the exclusive rights.[167]
Olympic Golden Rings Awards
In November 2012, the IOC announced the winners of the Golden Ring Awards for the best broadcast coverage of the Games. Best Olympic Sports Production was awarded to the sailing, produced by Christopher Lincoln, Gary Milkis, and Ursula Romero. The production for the canoe/kayak slalom and the rowing/canoe sprint came second and third respectively. The award for Best On Air Promotion went to NBC with Foxtel and ZDF finishing second and third. The Best Olympic Feature category was also won by NBC Olympics, as Sky Italia came second and ZDF third. The Best Athlete Profile award went to TV Record's profile of Sarah Menezes, NBC came second with their profile of David Rudisha, and ESPN Latin America took third place with a profile of Miguel Correa and Ruben Rezola. The award for Best Olympic Programme went to NBC, host broadcasters the BBC took second place for Super Saturday (the middle Saturday of the Games), and third place was claimed by the Nine Network for their live coverage of Day 16 of the Games.[168]
Marketing
Main article: 2012 Summer Olympics marketing
"Survival" by Muse was announced as the official song of the Olympics,[169] to be played by international broadcasters reporting on the Games.[170] In August 2009, the Royal Mail commissioned artists and illustrators to design 30 stamps, which were released in batches of 10 between 2009 and 2011.[171] The last ones were released on 22 July 2011.[172] Two £5 coins designed by Saiman Miah have been made to commemorate the Olympics.[173] As with other Olympics since 1952, the Royal Mint will strike a set of commemorative one-kilogram gold and silver coins.[174]
Motto
The official motto for the 2012 Summer Olympics is "Inspire a generation". It was chosen to highlight the organisers' commitment to inspire the world, including younger generations, to get involved in sporting events through the Games' legacy.[175]
Logo and graphics
There have been two London 2012 logos: one used for the bidding process, and the other used in the branding for the Games themselves. The bid logo, created by Kino Design, was a ribbon with blue, yellow, black, green, and red stripes winding through the text "LONDON 2012", making the shape of the River Thames in East London. The main logo, designed by Wolff Olins and published on 4 June 2007, is a representation of the number 2012, with the Olympic Rings embedded within the zero.[176]
The Paralympics logo (far left) and the different official colour combinations for the Wolff Olins main logo design
Public reaction to the main logo in a June 2007 BBC poll was largely negative; more than 80% of votes gave it the lowest possible rating.[177] Several newspapers ran their own logo competitions, displaying alternative submissions from their readers,[178] and several writers from news agencies criticised the logo.[178][179] A segment of animated footage released at the same time as the logo was reported to trigger seizures in a small number of people with photosensitive epilepsy, and a short segment was removed from the London 2012 website in response.[180] It was suggested that the logo resembled the cartoon character Lisa Simpson performing fellatio on her brother Bart Simpson​.​[181]​[182]​[183]​[184]​[185]​[186]​[187] In February 2011, Iran threatened to boycott the Olympics, complaining that the logo appeared to spell out the word "Zion". However, this boycott did not occur.[188]
The official London 2012 Olympic typeface was called Headline 2012 and also suffered some criticism. Journalist Simon Garfield made it number 1 in the list of the "8 Worst Fonts in the World" in his 2010 book Just My Type, commenting that "the uncool font is based on jaggedness and crudeness", although he conceded that it was "a brilliant piece of corporate branding".[189][190] The magazine Wired pointed out that the typeface was intended for "awareness, impact and memorability as a headline typeface" rather than elegance or readability in long sections of text.[191]
Colours
    The four main colours used in the branding of the Games were pink, blue, green, and orange. These colours were chosen to showcase the spirit of the Games: energetic, spirited, youthful, and bright.
   The auxiliary colours used in the branding were dark purple, grey, and gold. These were mostly used in symbols and graphics to offset the brightness of the main colours.
Mascots
Main article: Wenlock and Mandeville
The Olympic Mascots, Mandeville (left) and Wenlock (right)
The official mascots for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games were unveiled on 19 May 2010.[192] Wenlock and Mandeville are animations depicting two drops of steel from a steelworks in Bolton.[192] They are named after Much Wenlock, a town in Shropshire that holds a forerunner of the current Olympic Games, and Stoke Mandeville, a village in Buckinghamshire where a forerunner of the Paralympic Games was first held.[192] The writer Michael Morpurgo wrote the story concept for the mascots, and an animation was produced.[193] Two stories have been created about the mascots: Out Of A Rainbow and Adventures On A Rainbow.[194]
Creative Review magazine liked the mascots,[195] but elsewhere their design was greeted with some disdain. One columnist jested that they were the product of a "drunken one-night stand between a Teletubby and a Dalek".[196] Others have compared them to Izzy, the much disparaged mascot of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.[197] Still others have likened them to Kang and Kodos from The Simpsons.[198] However, the mascots' creators claim that young people find the duo appealing.[199]
Chariots of Fire
The 1981 Best Picture Oscar–winning film Chariots of Fire, which tells the story of two British athletes in the 1924 Olympics, was a recurring theme in promotions for the 2012 Olympics.[200] A digitally re-mastered version of Chariots of Fire was released on 13 July 2012 and screened in over 100 UK cinemas as part of the celebrations,[201] and a 2012 stage adaptation ran in London theatres from 9 May 2012 to 5 January 2013.[202] The film's theme tune was performed during the Opening Ceremony by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Simon Rattle. The performance was accompanied by a comedic skit by Rowan Atkinson, which included the opening beach-running footage from the film.[203] A new orchestration of the film's theme tune was played during each medal presentation of the Games.[204]
Sponsors
Main article: 2012 Summer Olympics marketing § Sponsors
LOCOG and the IOC agreed sponsorship deals with several companies, each assigned to one of four categories; worldwide, tier one, tier two and tier three.[205] The worldwide partners were: Acer, Atos, Coca-Cola, Dow, General Electric, McDonald's, Omega SA, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Samsung and Visa.[205] Tier one partners were: Adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT Group, EDF Energy and Lloyds TSB.[206] The tier two partners were: Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Deloitte, Thomas Cook Group, Cisco Systems and United Parcel Service.[206] Tier three partners were: Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, The Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, G4S, GlaxoSmithKline, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken, Holiday Inn, John Lewis & Partners, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, Nature Valley, Next, Nielsen Company, Populous (company), Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto (corporation), Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield Group.[206] The companies provided £1.4 billion of funding altogether, allocated evenly between the IOC and LOCOG.[206]
Controversies
Main article: Controversies at the 2012 Summer Olympics
During the lead-up to the Games, there were controversies over sponsorship,[207] the athletes' use of social media, and several political issues. After a complicated lottery process, thousands of people failed to secure seats for the events they wanted, but a large number of empty seats were observed throughout the Games, even at some of the most popular events. There was speculation that this was due to a failure of corporate sponsors to make use of tickets they had received.[89]
During the Games, eight competitors in the badminton women's doubles were disqualified for "not using best efforts", when they tried to lose matches in the group stage to obtain more favourable fixtures in the knockout rounds.[208][209] A number of results in boxing, gymnastics and judo were overturned by officials after initial decisions were appealed against.[210][211][212]
Ye Shiwen faced doping allegations after her gold medal in the women's 400m Individual Medley as she came from being behind the world record in the final 50m to beating it by 1.02 seconds. Furthermore, her last 50m was swum 0.17 seconds quicker than the men's winner of the corresponding race. All charges were later dropped.[213]
Just before the start of the Men's 100m Final, a spectator threw a plastic bottle into Tyson Gay's lane, intended to hit Usain Bolt who was three lanes outside in Lane 7. The race was unaffected, and Bolt would go on to become the second man in history to defend a 100m Olympic title. The spectator, later identified as Ashley Gill-Webb, was soon arrested after he was struck on the head by Dutch judoka and bronze medalist Edith Bosch, whom he happened to be sitting next to.[214][215] LOCOG Chairman Sebastian Coe later stated: "I'm not suggesting vigilantism but it was actually poetic justice that they happened to be sitting next to a judo player".[215] Gill-Webb later pleaded not guilty to a charge of using threatening words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress at Stratford Magistrates' Court.[216] He was later found guilty.[217]
Drug testing
Main article: Use of performance-enhancing drugs in the Olympic Games § 2012 London
It was announced before the Summer Games that half of all the competitors would be tested for drugs, with 150 scientists set to take 6,000 samples between the start of the Games and the end of the Paralympic Games.[218] Every competitor who won a medal was also tested. The Olympic laboratory tested up to 400 samples every day for more than 240 prohibited substances.[218] As of late 2017, 31 medals have been stripped due to doping violations, 15 of which were originally awarded to Russian athletes.
Testing for drugs was completed by GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)[219]
See also
Olympics portal
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Further reading
Book references
^ Rosner, Scott; Shropshire, Kenneth L. (2010). The Business of Sports. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett. p. 453. ISBN 9780763780784.
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