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United States’ Biggest Medal Gains, Drops From Beijing To London

August 14, 2012 Leave a comment

When competition in London was over the United States had won the overall medal count for the fifth straight time and with 46 golds took back the overall golds total from China, who had won it as the hosts in 2008. It was the most medals ever for the United States in a foreign games. Golds wise, the key for the United States from Beijing to London was consistency: already a strong team across the board, the U.S. was able to maintain that level over the course of the four years and their two biggest medal winners, swimming and track, saw improvements. In fact, the swimming team led the United States with a +4 margin:

Gold Medal Increase

Swimming (+4)

Track & Field (+2)

Tennis (+2)

Boxing, Diving, Gymnastics, Judo, Shooting, Water Polo, Wrestling (+1) Read more…

200 Days To Go!

January 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Well, technically it’s 199 now, but yesterday London marked it being 200 days until the 2012 Summer Games with a cabinet meeting at Olympic Park. Prime Minister David Cameron noted that both the Aquatics Center (or, Centre) and Handball Court will be owned beyond the Olympics thanks to new ownership agreements.

Chief Organizer Sebastien Coe noted that there was still some work to be done on the overall atmosphere, noting that he “never wanted an athlete telling me that he did not make a final because the Olympic Village did not create the right atmosphere, or he did not get the right service or the transport did not work.”

When the Opening Ceremonies commence on July 27th London will be the first city to host the Olympics three times.

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Instead of Synchronized Swimming, You Get To See Usain Bolt!

January 5, 2012 1 comment

In an awesome gaffe, London organizers accidentally oversold tickets to the Synchronized Swimming competition to the tune of, oh, 10,000 tickets. I am assuming this means they sold a total of 10,010 tickets, but I digress. (the actual mistake was about twice more than should have been sold). So instead, they’ll get upgrades to events they previously applied for but were unsuccessful:

The alternate tickets will come from the pot of 1 million for all events that are to go on sale in May once the seating configuration has been finalized at all venues.

Some ticket buyers took to Twitter on Wednesday to reveal their delight at the administrative blunder.

“Just exchanged our Olympics synchronized swimming tix for men’s & women’s medley finals & freestyle finals,” London-based author Stella Duffy tweeted. “Sorry synchros, but woo hoo!”

About 200 more people will get to see the 100m dash final, which, given that it lasts under 10 seconds, doesn’t seem like a major upgrade, but what do I know.

This isn’t the first ticket snafu, as in July 2011 around 700 people were charged twice for tickets they had purchased.

West Ham Wins 2012 Olympic Stadium Bid

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

The OPLC (Olympic Park Legacy Company), in a bit of  a shocker (to me at least) has decided that their favored bid for the 2012 Olympic Stadium is that of West Ham, instead of Tottenham.

The main selling point seems to be that West Ham will keep the track and allow the stadium to host both track and field events as well as other sports and entertainment events as well after the 2012 Olympics are over.

Apparently Tottenham were going to take down the stadium and build a new one to house their soccer team, Tottenham Hotspur, after the games. That seemed to be a sticking point, as a BBC poll found that 81% of the Londoners were in favor of keeping the track.

For more read the BBC’s report

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