There are only 15 days to go before London welcomes the world on July 27th. This makes London the first city in the Games’ history to host the sporting event three times.
The games were previously held in London in the years 1908 and 1948. The 1948 London Games, which were held primarily at Wembley Stadium, was the first Olympic celebration after World War II and the first to be broadcast on home television. However, even the games were subjected to post-war rationing. Military barracks were used as the Olympic village and teams had to supply their own meals.
Much ado about nothing, a young female athlete shows her mettle in the 1908 Games…
Today, sixty years later, the Games mean big money! China poured approximately £20bn into its Beijing games in 2008 while Greece spent £8.0bn on the 2004 Games held in Athens.
This year the U.K’s government’s contribution is set at £6bn, while £2.2bn will come from funding from none other than the UK National Lottery.
Emma Green of Sweden was head over heels at the 2008 Olympics…
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Everybody loves some good facts, whether it’s to impress your friends at the pub or simply to broaden your understanding of this much anticipated sporting event. PlayHugeLottos.com presents some essential knowledge for the 2012 Olympics:
The Olympic Rings are five interlocking rings representing the five original continents, (Africa, America, Asia, Australia, and Europe). The colours of the rings are blue, yellow, black, green, and red, chosen due to the fact that at least one of these colours can be found on the flag of every nation taking part.
The rings appear on a white background. At the Olympic Games, the flag is brought into the stadium during the opening ceremony. After its arrival, the flag is hoisted up the flagpole and must fly in the stadium during the whole of the Games. Lowering the flag signals the end of the Games.
The motto of the Olympic Games is "Swifter, Higher, Stronger". These three words encourage the athlete to give his or her best during competition, and to view this effort as a victory in itself. Here at PlayHugeLottos.com we often think of our lottery jackpots in much the same way – swifter rollovers, higher jackpots and stronger winnings!
The Olympic flame is one of the best-known features of the Games. In memory of the Olympic Games’ origins, the flame is lit in Olympia, Greece, some months before the opening of the Games. Did you know that the Olympic flame can only be lit by the sun’s rays?
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