Can it be that there are about 600 days remaining until the 2012 London Olympic Games get underway? Preparations are underway, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be married by then and all of the world will be able to focus their attention on the Summer Games.
The Olympics always produce some breakout stars with unbelievable human interest stories. But it appears many of the stars of 2008 will return for another chance at glory.
Names like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Michael Phelps, Shawne Johnson and LoLo Jones are just a few of the big names that will be in action come 2012.
Construction of the venue is progressing nicely. Unlike the games in Athens and Beijing, the venue will all be ready early and test events will be run to make sure everything will work properly. The International Olympic Committee just made their seventh visit to London to check on the preparations and progress and they were more than pleased.
Olympic venues visited on the trip included: Wembley Arena, Earls Court, Hadleigh Farm, the Royal Artillery Barracks and a state of the art velodrome being built in the Olympic Park. The All England Club in Wimbledon is going to host the tennis this time around, and with all the improvements the club has made to the grounds at SW19, the tennis should be spectacular.
The construction at London’s Olympic Stadium is moving along nicely as well. The $850 million plus stadium will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as the track and field events. This 80,000 seat venue will be completed sometime in the Summer of 2011. Officials are already planning some soccer and track and field events there leading up to the Games.
Former British tack star Sebastian Coe is leading the effort in London and he made some recent remarks about where his group is standing right now. “We are entering a new phase of delivery, where we will be testing our plans right across the project on a range of sports events over the next 18 months. These testing opportunities are an important part of our journey to hosting a great Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.” The test events are a major hurdle to cross to make sure everything is ready to go in 2012.
It should be a wonderful Olympic Games in London. The competition should be fierce and the hospitality will be second to none. I’m looking forward to it.